How Good is Breastfeeding, Really?

• Bonds mother and child
• Provides the mother with a natural hormone-induced contentment
• Encourages efficient uterine contractions after childbirth
• Allows mothers to lose pregnancy weight and size faster
• Is convenient (breastmilk is always warm, clean and available)
• Is cost-effective and saves money
• Contributes to natural family planning
• Contributes to household food security
• Fosters confidence and promotes self-esteem
• Reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections
• Is protective against cancer (breast, uterine, endometrial, ovarian and cervical)
• Lowers the incidence of chronic hepatitis
• Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
• Reduces the requirements of insulin for lactating diabetic mothers

Benefits for the Community


• Results in less environmental waste and pollution
• Frees up health resources
• Saves money for hospitals and health clinics

Adapted from: Baumslag, N. and Michels, D., Milk, Money & Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding. Bergin & Garvey, Westport, CT, 1995.

Reprinted with permission from Breastfeeding at a Glance, By Dia L. Michels and Cynthia Good Mojab, M.S.with Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam, Ph.D. Platypus Media, 2001, ISBN: 1-930775-05-9.

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