To Encourage Breastfeeding 

  • Breast-feeding provides baby with custom-made antibodies
  • Breast-feeding provides a feel-good hormone boost – Studies show breastfeeding, through the hormone oxytocin, helps baby see the world in friendlier terms. It helps calm them down, be more social, and feel safe. Bonding between a mother and a baby during breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact promotes oxytocin, the “love” hormone. 1
  • Breast-feeding provides the perfect nutrients – Remember the recommendation that you should eat what’s in season? Your baby gets perfectly tailored food for all seasons. Your breast milk is more watery in the summer, and thicker and higher in fat during the cold months. Breast-feeding is the perfect way to keep baby hydrated, satiated, and never too far away from their source of food!
  • Breast-feeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 2
  • Breast-feeding your baby will give you a boost in self-esteem – Do the ups and downs caused by postpartum hormones plus an irregular and insufficient sleep schedule affect your mood? That’s one reason to hold your baby close and nurse them. 3
  • Breast-feeding reduces the risk of cancer. 4 & 5
  • Mastitis – If you are a nursing mother, spending more time topless may help you with breastfeeding. Letting your breasts air-dry after a nursing session can help heal cracked nipples. You may also reduce your risk of a mastitis infection of the breast ducts, resulting in swelling and redness. If left untreated, an abscess may form. Mastitis can develop when bacteria from your baby’s mouth gets into your breast through your nipple during breastfeeding. Allowing your breasts to spend time out in the air instead of wearing a restrictive bra with a milk pad that will get soaked with fluid and sit for an extended period of time can prevent infection. 6

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