Benefits of Breastfeeding


In addition to any breastfeeding-related products that you may need, our store also offers several amenities that are free to our customers. Please feel welcome to use our baby-weighing scale, changing station and nursing rooms. Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child.  Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breastmilk   From antibodies which protect an infant at the exclusive nutrients in mother's milk which have been shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases...the benefits are incalculable.  There is no other single action by which a mother can so impact the present and future health of her baby.


     Yet, in today's society, breastfeeding is often thought of as unnecessary.  Young mothers are mistakenly led to believe that formula does very well as a replacement for breastmilk.  It emphatically does not!  Nothing can duplicate the properties of breastmilk, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to what is basically a chemical formulation.


     Breastmilk remains the one and only natural, complete and complex nutrition for human infants.  It is nature's formula for ensuring the health and quality of life for infants, as well as on through childhood to adult life.  Just as importantly, breastfeeding promotes a very special bond between mother and child that only a mother can provide.


     To fully understand the benefits of breastfeeding, these are some of the major, but by no means all of the benefits of breastfeeding your baby.





Breastfeeding Facts

Health Benefits to Babies Who Breastfeed



Children receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies


The varying composition of breastmilk keeps pace with the infant's individual growth and changing nutritional needs


Have fewer incidences of vomiting and diarrhea in the US (20-35 million episodes of diarrhea occur in children under the age of 5, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations and 400-500 deaths in the U.S.)


Protection against gastroenteritis, necrotizing entercolitis


Reduced risk of chronic constipation, colic, and other stomach upsets


Reduced risk of childhood diabetes


Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning),


Protection against allergies,   asthma, eczema, and severity of allergic disease


Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Statistics reveal that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breastfed.


Protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma, crohn's disease and ulcerative entercolits


Decreased risk of tooth decay (cavities)


Nursing promotes facial structure development, enhanced speech,  straighter teeth and enhances vision


Breastfed infants develop higher IQ's, and have improved brain and nervous system development; IQ advantage of 10-12 points studied at ages 8, 12, and 18.  (Breastfeeding is considered the 4th trimester in brain growth and development...there are specific proteins in human milk that promote brain development))


Reduced risk of heart disease later in life


Increased bone density


Breastfeeding plays an important role in the emotional and spiritual  development of babies


Breastfed babies enjoy a special warm bonding and emotional relationship with their mothers    


Antibody response to vaccines are higher


Are hospitalized 10 times less than formula fed infants in the first year of life


The colostrum (first milk) coats the GI tract, preventing harmful bacteria and allergy -triggering protein molecules from crossing into baby's blood


Decreased risk for vitamin E and Iron deficiency anemia 


Decreased risk for acute appendicitis, rheumatoid arthritis, inguinal hernia, pyloric stenosis


There are factors in human milk that destroy E coli, salmonella, shigella, streptococcus, pneumococcus....and many others


Less risk of childhood obesity



Health Benefits to Moms Who Breastfeed


Reduced risk of breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers


Reduced risk of anemia


Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life


Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with total time of lactation


Helps the mother's body return to its pre-pregnancy state faster - promotes weight loss...1/2 of calories needed to manufacture milk is pulled from fat stores... can burn from 500 - 1,500 calories per day


Helps delay return of fertility and to space subsequent pregnancies


Develops a special emotional relationship and bonding with her child


Breastmilk is free- reducing or eliminating the cost of formula (in the thousands of dollars/per year)


Breastfed babies are sick less thus reducing healthcare costs to family in Doctor office visits, prescriptions, over the counter medicine purchases, and hospitalizations


Moms miss less time off from work due to child related illnesses


Helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding


Many, many more benefits, too numerous to list!!!

Benefits to the Environment and Society


Breastfeeding reduces the cost of healthcare by promoting healthier children and mothers..........If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per month ..........In 1993, 90,000 babies were hospitalized for RSV at a cost of 450 million dollars. Currently, the U.S. spends over 1 billion dollars a year on Otitis Media (ear infections)


Reduced insurance premiums for both parents and employers


Breastfeeding reduces global pollution by decreasing the use of resources and energy required to produce, process, package, distribute, promote and dispose of materials created by the manufacture and use of artificial baby milk


Reduced tax burden on communities and government to ensure children are properly fed


Reduced absenteeism in the workplace due to children's illnesses


Other Benefits from Breastfeeding


 Breastfeeding makes you feel good, the hormones produced during nursing have an endorphin effect  giving you a relaxed feeling


You have a great excuse to sit down and relax.....


You can nurse while sleeping...nursing moms get more rest than formula feeding moms.


 Breastfeeding saves moms about 7 hours a week off their feet


 No screaming baby in the middle of the night waiting on the formula to heat up


 It's the only time you can ever lose weight without dieting or exercise!


Breastfeeding is more convenient, when traveling, all you need is to take diapers, the milk is always available, sterile, and the right temperature


During times of disaster,  you don't have to worry about finding formula


 Breastfed babies smell great....spit ups don't stain, or smell, and poopie diapers are not offensive...(until solids are introduced)


Breastfed babies know their moms and will never confuse them with a babysitter


The strong bond developed with nursing is much more intense


There is no feeling to describe the child suckling at your breast and letting go to give you a big smile; and knowing that the  growth of your baby came from what your body produced! Wow! What a feeling!


 The satisfaction of knowing you are giving your baby the best start in life!


Breastmilk taste great! Sweet tasting! Variations in taste according to foods moms eats.  Have you ever tasted formula? Ugh!


Breastfeeding requires the use of only one can do other things while breastfeeding, (except cooking and driving)