Breastfeeding: Support a Family's Right!
Did you know that breastfeeding benefits not only the health of
the mother and child, but also the environment, the community, and saves
you, the taxpayer, money?? The following is a list of some of the many
benefits a community reaps when a mother chooses to breastfeed.
Infant and Child Health Benefits
- Breastfeeding offers protection against common childhood infections
including ear and respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis, as well
as other stomach illnesses.
- Breast milk provides protection against common childhood diseases,
thereby reducing the number of illnesses an infant/child has while attending
- Breastfeeding an infant with cleft lip or palate can help fight infection
after surgery and can reduce the amount of speech therapy needed.
- Breastfeeding promotes good infant jaw and palate development.
- Breastfed babies have measurably higher IQs, better brain and nervous
- Breast milk protects children from allergic diseases, meningitis,
chronic digestive diseases, insulin-dependent diabetes, lymphroma, and
ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Breastfed infants also
have a reduced risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
Women's Health Benefits
- Breastfeeding reduces a woman's risk for ovarian and premenopausal
breast cancer, osteoporosis, and obesity.
- Breastfeeding reduces the cost of health care by promoting healthier
children and mothers. Formula costs can range from $700 to $1800 a year.
Fewer illnesses mean more time for attention to siblings and other family
- Breastfeeding is a convenient way for a "family on the move"
to feed a baby.
- Global pollution is reduced when women breastfeed by eliminating
the use of resources and energy required to produce, process, distribute,
promote, and dispose of material created by artificial baby milk.
- Breastfeeding mothers have less absenteeism, reduced health care
costs, and improved productivity in the workplace due to less child
- The tax burden on communities and government spent on providing health
care and supplying formula to WIC and welfare infants could be reduced
by hundreds of millions of dollars a year if infants were breastfed.
Related Internet Sites
Help with nursing problems, latch on video, nursing equipment, personal
stories, breastfeeding questions.
INFACT Canada, the Infant Feeding Action Coalition is a non-profit, non-governmental
voluntary organization that promotes better infant and maternal health.
The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) is a partnership of
over 150 groups in over 90 countries. The aim of all of the groups is
to improve infant health through the protection of breastfeeding.
This is an award-winning site sponsored by the La Leche League International
which is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated
to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women
who want to breastfeed.
The Canadian Pediatric Society is a non-profit, professional organization
whose mission is service to Canadian children.
Australian Breastfeeding Association is a large community
based self-help group, recognized as a leading authority of breastfeeding
management. This site has information for both breastfeeding women and
for health professionals.
For more information on breastfeeding or on the WIC program in
Larimer County, please contact Ingrid Rosoff at The Larimer County Department
of Health at 498-6722.