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2018-19 Eat Smart. Play Hard Magazine

2018-19 Magazine

2018-19 Eat Smart. Play Hard. Magazine

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We are expecting our first baby and I have been encouraged to breastfeed my baby. Does breastfeeding have long-term benefits?

Many people are aware of some of the shorter-term benefit of breastfeeding, such as bonding, quicker recovery for mom, protecting baby from getting sick as often, and decreasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, the benefits of breastfeeding can extend beyond the first year of life.

Breastfeeding has many benefits, and not just for the baby. Breastfeeding benefits mom, too!

Many people are aware of some of the shorter-term benefit of breastfeeding, such as bonding, quicker recovery for mom, protecting baby from getting sick as often, and decreasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, the benefits of breastfeeding can extend beyond the first year of life.

Breastfed babies:

  • Get fewer ear and respiratory infections, and diarrhea for three to seven years
  • Are less likely to develop Type 1 or 2 diabetes as adults
  • Are less likely to become overweight or obese later in life
  • Are less likely to develop leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease
  • Have fewer allergies

 

Moms who breastfeed:

  • Increase their spacing between children
  • Are less likely to get breast and ovarian cancer
  • Have a lower risk for osteoporosis and hip fracture

 

If you would like more information on breastfeeding, many resources are available:

Elizabeth Hilliard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, NDSU

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