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Why Breastfeeding is Important

Breastfeeding is important for a variety of reasons.

For baby:

- breast milk is always there, at the right temperature, and contains all the nutrition baby needs

- decreases risk of infections and chronic illnesses

- promotes closeness and bonding with mother

- promotes proper teeth and jaw development

- promotes healthy brain growth and development

- reduces risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

- builds healthy eating habits

- reduces chances of being overweight or obese

For mother:

- free and convenient

- promotes closeness and bonding with baby

- controls bleeding after baby is delivered

- delays return of periods

- protects from many chronic illnesses and conditions, such as diabetes

- helps with weight loss after pregnancy

For community:

- cleaner environment (less garbage)

- lowers health care costs (less doctor and hospital visits)

- less workplace absences (reduces absences due to sick children)

- normalizes breastfeeding