Long-time readers of this blog know I’m a big, big fan of encouraging, equipping, and enabling new moms to exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least six months. Here’s a summary of some of my reasons for this:
Breastfeeding now only has many, many benefits for the baby, both as a child and, later, as an adult, it also has short- and long-term benefits for the mom.
Here are some of my blogs on the benefits of breastfeeding for the child:
- Breastfeeding protects against SIDS
- Breast-feeding reduces later behavior problems
- Prolonged bottle feeding boosts kids’ obesity risk: study
- Giving baby solid foods too early linked to obesity
- Breastfed babies have better head growth and lower blood pressure
- Do Breast-Fed Baby Boys Grow Into Better Students?
- Breast-Fed Babies Know When to Say When — May Prevent Obesity Later
- Six months of breast milk best for babies
- Two Amazing Studies Reveal Unexpected Longterm Benefits for Breastfed Babies
Here are some of my blogs on the benefits of breast feeding for the mom:
- Breastfeeding May Lower Moms’ Diabetes Risk
- Breastfeeding offers women long-term protection against metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis
- Amazing new study suggests breastfeeding may lower a mom’s risk for hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease later in life