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Guidelines for Child Care Providers


Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits to Infant

  • Best nutrition for infant
  • Safe and fresh milk always available
  • Builds strong immune system
  • Promotes correct growth of jaws, teeth & speech patterns
  • Promotes an increase in learning ability
  • Improves bonding with mother
  • Decreases risk of diarrhea and other stomach problems
  • Decreases risk of urinary tract infections
  • Decreases risk of ear infections
  • Decreases risk of lung infections
  • Decreases risk of childhood overweight
  • Decreases risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and infant mortality
  • Decreases risk of diabetes
  • Decreases risk of leukemia and lymphoma
  • Decreases risk of childhood cancers
  • Decreases risk of allergies
  • Decreases risk of celiac disease
  • Decreases risk of childhood asthma
  • Decreases risk of high cholesterol

Breastfeeding’s Benefits to Mothers

  • Reduces risk of blood loss after delivery
  • Uterus returns to pre-pregnancy shape quicker
  • Delays the return of menstrual cycles
  • Faster return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Reduces risk of bone fractures
  • Reduces risk of postpartum depression
  • Reduces risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Saves money (no need to buy formula) and time (preparing formula)
  • Improves mother and infant bonding
  • Can build mother’s confidence
  • Decreasing the amount of sucking and slows down pace
  • Spitting nipple out/refusing nipple (whether bottle or breast)
  • Pushing breast or bottle away
  • Head turning away from breast or bottle
  • Fidgets or is easily distracted

Breastfeeding’s Benefits for Child Care Providers

  • Infants are sick less often
  • Diapers often have less odor
  • Infants spit up less

Breastfeeding’s Benefits for the Community

  • Reduces health care costs because infant is sick less often
  • Parents miss work less often because breastfed infants are often sick less often, which is good for businesses
  • Breastfeeding women who are supported in their workplace are more productive, have higher morale and less likely to resign
  • Less cans and bottles in the landfills
  • Reduces cost for producing and shipping infant formulas

Updated April 5, 2014

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