Why is Breastfeeding Important for My Baby?
YOUR breastmilk is especially made for YOUR baby.
It is the perfect food for your baby.
- Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed your baby. It provides nutrients that help his mind and body grow to full potential.
- Breastfeeding protects your baby from harmful germs.
- Breastfeeding is comforting and develops your baby’s sense of trust and security.
- Breastfeeding develops the muscles in your baby’s face, mouth and lips. This improves sucking, and the position of his teeth later on.
- Breastfeeding has none of the risks related to formula.
Formula increases your baby’s chance of:
- Infections of the ear, lungs, bowel and urinary tract
- Diseases such as diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and lymphoma, which is a type of cancer
- Sudden infant death syndrome, also called SIDS
- Colic-like symptoms: crying, gas, constipation