Importance of Breastfeeding | WithinReach WA

The Importance of Breastfeeding

Why Should I Breastfeed?

There are a lot of reasons to breastfeed your baby! Breastfeeding helps you build a special bond with your child and helps you and your baby stay healthy. Breastfed babies have fewer earaches, colds and allergies and are less likely to experience Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Breastmilk is easier to digest and babies have less constipation and diarrhea.

Even More Benefits of Breastfeeding:

  • Helps protect against childhood obesity – breastfeeding your baby for nine months reduces a baby’s risk of becoming overweight by more than 30%.
  • Strengthens your baby’s immune system by providing nutrients that protect your baby from illnesses and infection.
  • Promotes brain development.
  • Reduces your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Saves money – approximately $1,000 a year that would have been spent on formula.

You have everything your baby needs. The Surgeon General and most medical experts recommend babies receive only breastmilk during the first six months of life. They also recommend continuing to breastfeed for at least the first year of your baby’s life. The longer you breastfeed the more health benefits you and your baby will receive.

Breastfeeding is not always easy and you may need help. We can help you find resources and support. Call the WithinReach Family Health Hotline at 1(800) 322-2588.