The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Expecting Mothers
As an expecting mom, there are lots of plans to make and things to consider
before your little one arrives. Making the healthiest decisions concerning
your baby’s nutrition, growth and development are always a parent’s
top priority. That’s why we want to make sure you have all the information
you need to determine whether or not you will breastfeed your newborn.
Here are some facts about the benefits of breastfeeding and how it can
improve both you and your baby’s health.
Breastfeeding benefits for your baby:
Breastfeeding benefits for mom:
- Reduce their risk of ear infections by up to 50%
- Decrease their risk of serious lower respiratory infections by up to 72%
- Reduce the risk of skin rashes like eczema by 42%
- Make them 40% less likely to have asthma if you have a family history of
asthma and 27% less likely to develop asthma with no family history
- Decrease their likelihood of developing Type 1 diabetes by 20%
- Reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 39%
- Fewer episodes of diarrhea
- Reduce the occurrence of childhood leukemia
- Reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) by up to 36%
- Significantly decrease the occurrence of necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious
gastrointestinal infection, in premature infants, that often results in death
While you are expecting, it is important to remember that every decision
you make affects your baby. If you are considering artificial milk over
breast milk, here are some facts. Formula fed babies are:
- 12% reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes for each year they breastfeed
- Decreased risk of developing ovarian cancer by up to 21%
- Decreased risk of developing breast cancer by up to 28% for women whose
lifetime duration of breastfeeding was 12 months or longer
- More fulfilling bonding experience between mother and infant
Here are a few other important facts about artificial milk:
- 3 – 4 times more likely to develop middle ear infections
- 10 times more likely to be hospitalized for a bacterial infection
- 5 times more likely to contract the rotavirus
- At an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- 40% more likely to develop childhood onset Insulin Dependent Diabetes Melitus
- 5 – 8 times more likely to develop childhood cancer like lymphoma
- Shown to have lower IQ scores (8 points) at age 7 – 8 than breastfed
babies that were premature
- At a higher risk of being obese and overweight as children, leading to
health problems into adulthood
Prior to your delivery, feel free to call or meet with us if you have any
questions about breastfeeding or if you have any of the following:
- The DHA and ARA that are added to infant formula are extracted from fermented
micro algae (cryptecodiunium cohnii) and from soil fungus (mortierelle
aplina). The DHA and ARA found in breast milk are human fatty acids that
are structurally different from what is added to formula and are absorbed
differently by the baby.
- One SIDS death (sudden infant death syndrome) for every 1,000 live births
in western industrialized nations occurs as a result of failure to breastfeed.
- For every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. each year, four die as a result
of complications of not being breastfed.
- Infant formula has been recalled from shelves of stores and hospitals for
being contaminated with life threatening bacteria (Enterobacter Sakazakii).
These bacteria can cause sepsis and meningitis in newborns.
- Scores on the Bayley Mental Development index were lower in formula fed
infants at one to two years of age.
- Flat or inverted nipples (if you are unsure, ask your OB doctor or Midwife
to do a breast assessment)
- History of any type of breast surgery
- History of difficulty breastfeeding a previous child
- Pregnant with twins, triplets or more
- Have IDDM (insulin dependent diabetes mellitus) or gestational diabetes
- Are on multiple medications during your pregnancy
GIFT Certified Breastfeeding Center
, Baton Rouge General hosts monthly breastfeeding educational courses for
To view the class schedule or to register click here or call (225) 763-4280. For more information about GIFT, please call (225) 763-4127.