Baby Friendly Manitoba:  Information for Parents

Why Is It Important To Breastfeed My Baby?

Babies who are breastfed have lower rates of:
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • obesity
  • Type I diabetes
  • childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma
  • pneumonia and other respiratory infections
  • coughs and colds
  • gastrointestinal infections
  • vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
  • urinary tract infections
  • ear infections that can damage hearing
  • meningitis
  • Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
  • Celiac disease
  • asthma, allergies, and eczema
  • heart disease and liver disease in adulthood
What are the benefits for the mother?
  • a faster return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • stronger bones in later life
  • lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer

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