Breastfeeding offers benefits to the mother, the baby and even to society. Here’s a list of our favorite benefits of breastfeeding. Enjoy!
Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Breast milk is free, whereas formula costs $1500-$2000 or more per year
- Breastfed babies use less diapers
- Breastfed babies get few cavities, saving mom and dad money and time
- Breastfed babies need less orthodontics, saving money and time
- Less equipment to buy, keep clean, manage and store
- Breastfed babies don’t tax your time with daily washing and sterilizing of bottles and nipples, measuring and mixing formal 4 to 8 times a day, running to the store to buy more formula, and warming bottles in the middle of the night.
- Breastfed babies are healthier and don’t go to the doctor as often as formula-fed babies do
- The US government spends half a billion dollars each year giving formula to mothers through it’s WIC program
Benefits of Breastfeeding: Better Health
Breastfed babies get sick less
- Breastfed babies have higher IQs
- Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk in the mother
- Breastfeeding reduces ovarian cancer risk in the mother
- Breastfeeding reduces the chance of postpartum hemorrhage
- Breastfed baby girls have lower cases of breast cancer later in life
- Breast milk contains antibody and immunities that keep the baby healthier
- Breastfed babies are better protected against Crohn’s disease
- Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing diabetes
- Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing ear infections
- Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing allergies
- Breastfed babies have lower risk of contracting Hodgkins disease
- Breastfed babies have lower risk of becoming obese later in life
- Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday
- Breastfed babies have better jaw and dental development
- Healthier babies ease the strain on the overburdened medical system, keep insurance premiums from rising, and keep mom and/or dad from having to take time off work to go to the doctor
Other Awesome Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding requires around 500 calories per day – it’s a great way to lose pregnancy baby fat
- Breastfeeding is good for the environment! Far less paper, packaging, containers, plastic and so on is used compared to formula feeding
- Breast milk does not have to be prepared, measured, mixed, or warmed up
- Breast milk is never recalled, isn’t mixed with potentially contaminated water and never contains bacteria and other foreign contaminates
- Breastfed babies dirty far fewer bottles
- Breastfeeding is great for travel – easier to transport, less pieces to keep track of, wash, and manage. And it’s always at the perfect temperature, ready the moment when baby is.
- Parents and caretakers of breastfed babies enjoy diaper changes that are more mild and easier to clean
- Give ‘em what they want: Breast milk tastes better!
While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, in fact far more than we listed here, these are our favorites and should be carefully considered by any family that’s trying to decide between breastfeeding and formula.