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Mothers who breastfeed:
• Are less likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer
• Are less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes
• Bond with their babies easier
• Have less risk of postpartum depression
• May lose their pregnancy weight faster
• Feel great that they are giving their babies the healthiest start in life

Breastfed babies have:
• Better immunity
• Fewer infections, including ear infections
• Fewer allergies
• Less diarrhea
• Less risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
• Less trips to the hospital for serious illnesses

Human milk is designed for human babies. It’s easy to digest, and changes as your baby grows to meet your baby’s specific needs. It offers the best nutrition for every stage of growth.

Children who were breastfed have:
• Less risk of becoming overweight
• Less risk of some chronic diseases that develop during childhood including:
    - Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
    - Childhood Cancers
    - Asthma
    - Crohn’s disease
• Lower health care costs
• Good jaw development that promotes the growth of straight, healthy teeth

For Questions or Comments, e-mail Nancy Bacon or Rosanne Smith.

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