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Why is Breastfeeding Important for Me?

  • Breastfeeding develops a strong bond between you and your baby.
  • Breastfeeding is relaxing and helps your body in these ways:
    • Contracts the uterus which reduces bleeding after childbirth
    • Helps you return to pre-pregnancy weight earlier
    • Lowers your risk of ovarian cancer. The longer you breastfeed the lower the risk.
    • May reduce the risk of cancer of the breasts and ovaries
    • May help keep your bones strong
    • May help prevent perinatal mood disorders, such as depression
    • May decrease your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Breastfeeding is free and convenient. Breastmilk is always warm and ready to feed.