Benefits of Breastfeeding

Young mom sitting down breastfeeding her infant.

For baby, breastfeeding:

  • Provides all the nutrients needed and in the right amounts
  • Causes less spit up and stomachaches because it's so easy to digest
  • Lowers risks of allergies, earaches, weight problems, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and other childhood illnesses

Breastfeeding has many benefits for mom, too. Breastfeeding:

  • Lowers your risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers
  • Is convenient; there's nothing to buy, carry, heat or measure
  • Gives you time and helps you relax
  • Speeds up postpartum healing
  • Saves up to $2,000/year in feeding costs

Learning to breastfeed isn't always easy, but our WIC breastfeeding experts can help with resources, classes and support from trained WIC peer counselors. 

Introduction to Breastfeeding Videos

View our Introduction to Breastfeeding video. The video covers:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding for baby and mom
  • How to get a good latch
  • Feeding patterns
  • Breastfeeding positions

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