Why is Breastfeeding Important?​

  • 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 such digestive problems 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.