Breastfeeding-an important decision to make
An important decision to make during your pregnancy, and for your future parenting journey, is
how you will feed your baby.
To provide the best benefits to mother and baby, we highly recommend exclusive breastfeeding
for at least six months after birth. Breast milk is the best for your baby and contains vitamins and
nutrients your baby needs and has disease-fighting substances to protect your baby from many
illnesses. Here are just a few more benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby:
• Baby receives skin to skin, eye and voice contact
• Breastmilk contains antibodies that protect against infection. It has also been
shown to protect babies from many dangers such as influenza, meningitis,
celiac disease, and salmonella.
• Easily digested
• Fewer respiratory infections
• Less gastrointestinal disturbances. Breast milk has living growth factors that
stimulate the lining of the baby’s gut to mature and encourages the growth
of good bacteria in the baby’s gut, which keeps a baby healthier.
• Less allergies
• May have protective effect against SIDS
• Perfectly matched nutrition
• Reduced ear infections
• Stimulates senses of taste and smell
• Convenient and economical
• Free and greatly lowers grocery bills
• Helpful with weight loss because breastfeeding burns calories
• Helps the uterus return to its normal size, faster
• Protective against breast, uterine, endometrial, and ovarian cancer later in life
• May reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis
FOR BABY AND MOTHER
• A beautiful way to bond with your baby, contributing to a special and
• Families can get on the move easily. Breastmilk is always available fresh when
you are there!
• Healthy for the environment—no waste or packaging required
Exclusive breastfeeding is when you feed
your baby only breastmilk.
UNICEF, World Health Organization, and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding
for at least the first six months of a baby’s life. This is based on scientific evidence that shows benefits
for infant survival and proper growth and development. Breastmilk provides all the nutrients needed
during the first six months of life. Exclusive breastfeeding may also reduce infant deaths caused by common
childhood illnesses, such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and helps recovery during illness.
To learn more about the lactation services provided by Bingham Memorial Hospital contact a lactation specialist at 782-3901 or Lactation@BinghamMemorial.org