Importance of Breastfeeding
October 22nd 2013
Studies show women living in poverty are far less likely to breast-feed, probably because they don't get the support they need to both nurse and provide for their families.
At Birthline we have a newborn and breastfeeding specialist on staff. Clients can make an appointment or information can be given over the telephone. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the moms and babies reap the innumerable benefits of the physical, emotional and social contact made during breastfeeding. There are numerous studies in the American Journal of Medicine and Breastfeeding Medicine which demonstrate that women who breastfeed have a lower incidence of:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian and Endometrial cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart disease
Babies who are breastfed have fewer:
- Ear infections
- Gastro-intestinal illnesses
- Respiratory infections
Additionally, breastfeeding families have lower rates of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Breast milk contains 100’s of unique components that can never be replicated. The composition of breast milk is unique to the human infant in a way that milk from a cow or from a plant (soybean) can never be. However, getting more women to nurse beyond that first month or two remains a challenge and at Birthline we are working to increase breastfeeding rates of women living in poverty by supporting them with professional breastfeeding care and support.