Good nutrition during infancy is essential for lifelong health and well-being. It is well documented that “Breast is Best” when it comes to infant feeding. A little-known fact is the health benefits of breast-feeding are dose-dependent. This means that every day, week, month and year of breastfeeding improves the health of both the mother and child.
Every child a mother breast-feeds adds to her lifetime health benefit. The longer she breast-feeds each child, the lower her risk becomes of developing breast cancer, uterine cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. Women also tend to have lower BMI’s when they have breast-fed multiple children or even one child for a longer duration.
The protective nature of breast-feeding is unparalleled for children. This is how the benefits stack up for them:
No matter how long you chose to nurse, know that every day counts. Take it one day at a time and continue as long as you and your baby would like. The health benefits for both of you will last a lifetime.