Breastfeeding is a healthy choice for many reasons. Here is what breastfeeding can mean for you, your baby, your family, and your community.
For Your Baby
- Fewer common illnesses, such as ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, colds, or flu
- Little or no constipation
- Lower risk of obesity and weight problems when your baby gets older
- Lower risk of diabetes when your baby is older
- More bonding time for you and your baby
- Perfect nutrition
For Your Family
- Fewer illnesses shared among family members
- Save money by not buying formula
- Save money on extra doctor visits and medicine
- Less time off from work or school because of illness
For Yourself (Mom)
- Lower chance of losing too much blood after your baby is born
- Uterus will shrink quicker – so your stomach will be flatter sooner
- May delay return of monthly periods
- May lead to weight loss
- Easy night time feedings – no bottles to prepare
- More bonding time with your baby
For Your Community
- Fewer illnesses spread through the community
- Fewer cases of diabetes and weight problems
- Fewer health dollars spend on long term disease like diabetes and other weight related health problems
- Healthier American Indian/Alaska Native people
Have General Breastfeeding Questions and Want to Talk to Someone?
National Breastfeeding Helpline : 800-994-9662
Indian Health Service: 877-868-9473 (877-TOT-WISE)
Office on Women’s Health Breastfeeding
Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office on Women’s Health website has basic breastfeeding information, how to find support, learning to breastfeed, challenges, and breastfeeding while working.
La Leche League International
The “go-to” worldwide organization for breastfeeding, this website has a whole section of answer pages, mother forums, podcasts, and you can even ask a question.
Founded by lactation consultant Kelly Bonyata, this website has well researched information about breastfeeding and parenting.
Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) – NIH National Library of Medicine