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Six Facts About The Benefits of Breastfeeding


Mother feeding breast with nursing pillow

After giving birth to my son, Tyler, the first thing that I did was get educated on how to provide him the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. I was able to use many resources available in our community to help me with successfully breastfeeding my premature baby, and I was so grateful to be able to nurse him for a little over two years.

One of the best resources that at-risk mothers have for help with breastfeeding is MOMS Orange County. They are there to help mothers with education, support, and everything that mothers need to deliver and care for healthy babies. The support from MOMS Orange County doesn’t end when the baby is born, and they continue to offer health screenings, infant development screenings, and more.

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, MOMS Orange County shared with us these six facts about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Breast milk helps protect babies from infection and illness. Breastfeeding for even a few days after your baby is born gives your infant’s kidneys, intestines and liver a healthier start. No formula can match the special immunities of mother’s milk. Plus, many studies have shown that breastfed babies are sick less often than formula-fed babies. You’ll have a happier baby and fewer medical-related costs.

Breastfeeding allows mothers and babies to bond and infants to develop emotional security and intelligence. Recent research shows that children gain additional IQ points for every month they were breastfed, compared to their formula-fed peers.

Breastfeeding is free, and buying formula is expensive. It is one of the surest ways to stick to a budget without sacrificing your babies’ health.

Breastfeeding is healthy for mothers, too. Women who breastfeed are less likely to develop diabetes, osteoporosis, urinary tract infections and some cancers. Plus, breastfeeding helps with post-delivery weight and delays the start of your menstrual cycle.

Breastfeeding saves lives. New research shows if virtually every new mother breastfed her baby, more than 800,000 children’s lives would be saved every year.

Eat This, Not That. Eating fresh foods and ingredients rich in vitamins and minerals is the smartest way to enrich your supply of breast milk. Plus, you’ll ensure your baby is getting the nutrition required to grow healthy, fight off infection and reap all of the medical and psychological benefits of breastfeeding.

If you’re pregnant and in need of prenatal care, support or education, MOMS Orange County is here for you. Learn more about MOMS Orange County online, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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