101 Reasons to Breastfeed

By Krista Gray, IBCLC. Last updated February 5, 2013.

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thumbnail6Here are 101 great reasons to breastfeed:

  1. Breastfed babies have higher IQs.
  2. Moms who breastfeed get more sleep.
  3. Breastfed babies have fewer cavities.
  4. Breastfeeding releases oxytocin – the “love hormone” and builds wonderful feelings in mom for baby. . . as well as allowing mom to relax.
  5. Breast-fed babies have a striking reduction in incidence and seriousness of gastrointestinal infections.
  6. Moms who breastfeed have lower rates of ovarian cancer.
  7. Breast milk is always available – no need to worry about packing bottles and formula.
  8. Breastfed babies have better vision.
  9. Breastfeeding reduces respiratory infections.
  10. Breast milk is free.
  11. Breastfed babies have lower rates of lymphoblastic leukemia.
  12. Breastfed babies have significantly fewer ear infections.
  13. Exclusive breastfeeding provides a natural method of birth control.
  14. Breast milk is the great equalizer between rich and poor.
  15. Breastfeeding develops a wonderful bond between mom and baby.
  16. Breastfed babies have lower rates of diarrhea.
  17. Iron in breast milk is easily absorbed by baby.
  18. Breastfeeding helps baby overcome jaundice more quickly.
  19. Breastfeeding is nature’s most perfect food.
  20. Breastfeeding helps develop proper jaw and palate.
  21. Breastfeeding aids speech development.
  22. Breast milk has never been recalled.
  23. Breastfed babies have significantly lower incidences of respiratory infections.
  24. Breastfeeding is nature’s first immunization.
  25. Breastfed babies have lower rates of Wilm’s tumor.
  26. Moms who breastfeed have lower rates of breast cancer.
  27. Breast milk is always the perfect temperature.
  28. Moms who breastfeed lose their baby weight faster.
  29. Breast milk is environmentally-friendly.
  30. Breast milk contains alpha-lactalbumin, which has an ability to kill tumor cells.
  31. Very few medications are incompatible with breastfeeding.
  32. Breastfeeding saves millions in annual healthcare costs.
  33. Breastfeeding saves hundreds to thousands of dollars personally each year.  For life.
  34. Breast milk provides immunoglobulins to protect baby from any illness he comes into contact with.
  35. Breastfed babies have lower rates of bacterial meningitis.
  36. Breast milk contains lactoferrin which helps to regulate the healthy bacteria in baby’s gut.
  37. Breast milk is always mixed and ready to go.
  38. Breast milk protects against infections in all babies, especially those most susceptible like preemies.
  39. Breastfed babies have fewer urinary tract infections.
  40. Breast milk has an antibiotic effect on such things as E. coli and staphylococci.
  41. Breastfed babies have significantly fewer food allergies.
  42. Breast milk coats baby’s immature gastrointestinal tract with a safe and nutritious meal that helps him grow and mature properly.
  43. Breastfeeding always has health benefits for child – no matter the age.
  44. Breast milk supply increases with baby’s growth spurts.  There is always enough milk.
  45. Breastfed babies are healthier overall. For life.
  46. Breastfed babies have lower rates of eczema.
  47. Even when breasts don’t feel full, a baby can always get milk.
  48. Breast milk is highest of all animals’ milk in lactose – necessary to grow baby’s brain.
  49. Breastfed babies have lower rates of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  50. Breast milk tastes different from feeding to feeding which helps to prepare babies for the tastes of different foods they will be exposed to in the future.
  51. Breastfed babies visit the doctor less.
  52. Breast milk is a rich source of essential fatty acids.
  53. Breastfed babies are not as picky of eaters when they start solids.
  54. Breast milk provides the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals for healthy, full-term babies.
  55. Colostrum has never been replicated in a laboratory.
  56. Breast milk naturally soothes and relaxes baby.
  57. Mothers who breastfeed need less time off work for illnesses.
  58. Breastfeeding reduces transportation costs, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
  59. Moms who do not breastfeed are significantly more likely to develop lupus.
  60. Zinc in breast milk is highly bioavailable.
  61. Breast milk encourages healthy microflora in baby’s gut.
  62. Breast milk contains no artificial ingredients.
  63. Breastfed babies have lower rates of obesity – throughout life.
  64. Both Type I and Type II diabetes are lower in breastfed babies.
  65. Breast milk contains no synthetic ingredients.
  66. Breastfeeding can help with postpartum depression.
  67. Breastfeeding allows mom and baby precious cuddle-time, multiple times everyday.
  68. Both re-lactation and induced lactation are possible for breastfeeding your baby.
  69. Breastfed babies have lower rates of Multiple Sclerosis.
  70. Breastfeeding means less time in the kitchen – no need to clean and sterilize bottles.
  71. Moms who breastfeed have lower rates of anemia.
  72. Breastfed babies have lower rates of necrotizing enterocolitis.
  73. Breastfeeding gives babies the best start at life and allows for optimum developmental potential.
  74. Breastfeeding is trendy and in vogue.
  75. Breastfed babies have significantly lower rates of asthma.
  76. Breastfeeding is like a natural “chest enhancer”!
  77. Breast milk contains antioxidants.
  78. Breastfeeding gives mothers more time as they don’t have to clean/prepare bottles, deal with increased illness, and/or find other ways to soothe baby.
  79. Breastfeeding provides all the food and water your baby needs – so no need to worry about baby’s meal.
  80. Breastfeedingmakes nighttime parenting easier.
  81. Women who don’t breastfeed are at greater risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  82. Breastfeeding helps muscle development in baby.
  83. Breast milk is governed by the law of supply and demand.  The more milk removed, the more milk made.  Therefore, it is totally possible to exclusively nurse twins, triplets, or even quadruplets!
  84. Breastfeeding makes it easier to get up and go when you are in a hurry.
  85. Breast milk contains no preservatives.
  86. Breastfed babies have lower rates of Celiac Disease.
  87. Breastfed babies have lower rates of SIDS.
  88. Breastfed babies have lower rates of neuroblastoma.
  89. Every woman can breastfeed, no matter the type of birth experience.
  90. Breasts are the original pacifiers.
  91. Breast milk is organic.
  92. Breastfed babies have healthier cholesterol levels as adults.
  93. Breastfeeding is protective against osteoporosis.
  94. Breastfed baby poo smells much better than formula!
  95. It’s what your baby wants.
  96. Breast milk is easy on a baby’s digestive system.
  97. Moms who breastfeed have lower rates of endometrial cancer.
  98. Breastfed babies have lower rates of septicemia.
  99. Breastfeeding is a great parenting tool to calm toddler tantrums.
  100. Breast milk is a living substance made for human babies.
  101. Breast milk is always exactly what baby needs – even if mom’s diet is less than perfect.
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