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- Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Breast Milk: The Perfect Food
- Protects Against Disease
- Health Benefits for Baby
- Improves Women's Health
- Quicker Weight Loss
- Reduces Obesity in Children and Teens
- Promotes Mother/Infant Bonding and Emotional Well-Being
- More Convenient/Less Expensive
- Expands Your Social Circle
- Encourages Infant/Father Bonding
More Convenient/Less Expensive
Breastfeeding is immediate and highly portable. There is nothing to buy, mix, measure, stir, wash, rinse, or double-check for temperature. This can save new mothers a lot of time, particularly if they have multiples who eat at different times of the day.
And then there is the cost difference. Breast milk, in any supply, is free. Ready-made formulas can cost families $800 to $1800 per child, annually. Nipples, bottles, bottle brushes and bottle bag inserts are extra. And because breastfed babies are ill less often, their parents miss fewer days at work and spend less on prescriptions, doctor's visits, and hospital stays.