Benefits of Breastfeeding

When you breastfeed, you give your baby a healthy start that lasts a lifetime. Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby. Breastfeeding saves lives, money, and time. WIC encourages breastfeeding and provides the support you need to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

Nothing Compares to Breastmilk

Breastmilk is the best food for infants, and your milk is custom-made for your baby. Your milk changes as your baby gets bigger. And your milk has hormones that help baby grow and stay healthy.

Breastmilk protects babies with:

  • Antibodies
  • Anti-viruses
  • Anti-allergens

These important ingredients are NOT in formula. Breastmilk is also more easily digested than formula. Plus, breastmilk is free, fresh and safe for baby to drink anytime, anywhere.

Good for Babies, Good for Moms

Breastmilk = Super Protection
Breastmilk reduces the risk that your baby will have:

  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Breathing problems
  • Stomach problems
  • Childhood leukemia
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Breastfeeding is Good For Mom
Breastfeeding has many benefits for mom, too.

  • Burns up to 600 calories a day, so it can help you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight faster.
  • Lowers your risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers.
  • Releases hormones that help you feel calmer.

To learn more about our Breastfeeding Services or to talk to a Lactation Specialist, call (209) 870-5000.