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Why is Breastfeeding Important for My Baby?

YOUR breastmilk is especially made for YOUR baby.
It is the perfect food for your baby.

  • Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed your baby. It provides nutrients that help his mind and body grow to full potential.
  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from harmful germs.
  • Breastfeeding is comforting and develops your baby’s sense of trust and security.
  • Breastfeeding develops the muscles in your baby’s face, mouth and lips. This improves sucking, and the position of his teeth later on.
  • Breastfeeding has none of the risks related to formula.

    Formula increases your baby’s chance of:
    • Infections of the ear, lungs, bowel and urinary tract
    • Allergies
    • Diseases such as diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and lymphoma, which is a type of cancer
    • Sudden infant death syndrome, also called SIDS
    • Colic-like symptoms: crying, gas, constipation