Study after study has shown that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition to give new babies a healthy, happy start to life. And what better way to build a strong bond between mother and child.

Unlike cow’s milk and man-made formula, mother’s milk contains more nutrients and hormones that help the baby grow and that protect against childhood infections. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and reduces allergies, ear and respiratory infections, asthma, diabetes and obesity. For mom, breastfeeding burns calories, speeds a return to pre-pregnancy weight and reduces the risk of postpartum depression. Plus, it’s free food.

Content contributors:

Esther March Singleton, Breastfeeding Coordinator for Women Infants & Children at Florida Department of Health in Broward

Bob LaMendola, Community Affairs at DOH-Broward

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