Health Q&A: Breastfeeding

Q Will breastfeeding make a big difference in my child's health?

A Absolutely! On Jan. 20, 2011, "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding" was released. Breast milk is made of fat, sugar, water and protein, and it is rich in antibodies, providing all the nutrients and protection needed for growing babies. It is digested easier than formula. It protects from upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea. It reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and has even been linked to higher IQ scores. Breastfed babies also are less likely to develop asthma and allergies, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Not to forget health benefits to mothers, including reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers, Type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression.

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