Why is Breastfeeding Important?‚Äč

  • Breastfeeding leads to better overall health for mother and baby.
  • Your milk is perfectly designed to support your baby’s young immune and digestive systems, leading to fewer ear and respiratory infections, and digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation.
  • Your baby will grow up healthier, with less chance of developing chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
  • Breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, and Type II diabetes.
  • You can feed and comfort your baby quickly, leading to less crying and a happier baby.
  • Breastfeeding increases your metabolism, which can help you lose weight faster.
  • Breastfeeding saves anywhere between $700 to $3,000 a year depending on formula purchased and how much it costs.

“Mother and New Baby Care” by InJoy Birth and Parenting Education, 2007.

Sometimes breastfeeding can be challenging for mother and baby and can have a learning curve. This is where proper lactation counseling is crucial for establishing long-term breastfeeding. Sacred Birth offers in-home lactation counseling in those early weeks following birth to help with appropriate latch and positioning and supply issues.