Breastfeeding impacts both Mom and Baby in Awesome Ways!

For Mom:

* It helps your uterus to contract after birth so that you don't bleed too much after birth. 

*It helps your uterus to continue to shrink down to pre-birth size.

*It increases your postivie emotions as the oxytocin hormone is stimulated.  This prevents post-partum depression.

*It stimulates the prolactin hormone which helps you go to sleep after feeding. 

* It has statistically been found to decrease the chances of your having ovarian cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis,  and alzheimers. 

For Baby:

* It  feeds them! Every baby needs food! 

* Breastfeeding profoundly boosts their immune system 

* Feeding at the breast creates a feedback system so that specific immunity boosters go to your baby as he/she needs them. 

* Breastfed babies have significantly less diarrhea, respiratory, and ear infections .

* The occurrence of serious childhood illnesses like asthma, type I diabetes, leukemia, and allergies is decreased in breastfed babies. 

* Protects against SIDS

* It is always available.  It requires no particular storage or preparation. 

* In case of a natural disaster, there isn't a shortage of food for baby, and feeding baby doesn't depend on clean water or fuel, which can be absent for prolonged times. 

* Better facial development, associated with better dental and speech development. 

For Mom:

* Keeps baby more healthy, so mom misses less days at work due to infant illness, if she is working outside the home. 

* Costs less. 

* Is easier to travel breastfeeding a baby compared to bottle feeding a baby. 

* Protects the environment: no packaging, no plastics, no waste. 

* Promotes bonding.