According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, here are just some of the many good reasons your baby should be breastfed:
Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants. Breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby’s growth and development. Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than they do formula.
There are health risks to your baby if your spouse does not breastfeed. Breast milk has agents (called antibodies) in it to help protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Babies who are not exclusively breastfed for 6 months are more likely to develop a wide range of infections and diseases including ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses. They are sick more often and have more doctors’ visits. Infants who are not breastfed have a 21% higher post neonatal infant mortality rate in the U.S.
Breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers and possibly the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis after menopause
Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests in childhood, especially babies who were born prematurely
Nursing uses up extra calories, making it easier for your spouse to lose the pounds of pregnancy. It also helps the uterus to get back to its original size and lessens any bleeding she might have after giving birth.
Breastfeeding can help your spouse bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted.
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Hailed by Time Magazine as "the superdad's superdad," Armin Brott has been building better fathers for more than a decade. As the author of six bestselling books on fatherhood, he's helped millions of men around the world become the fathers they want to be—and that their children need them to be.
He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, American Baby, Parenting, Child, Men's Health, The Washington Post, and dozens of other major publications and websites.
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Armin is the host of "Positive Parenting," a weekly radio program which airs in the San Francisco Bay Area and a number of other markets. He also does the "DaddyCast" podcast. As a trusted spokesperson, Armin speaks on fatherhood around the country and teaches classes for expectant and new dads. Armin lives with his wife and three children in Oakland, California.
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