Many people know that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to infant feeding. However, the research is growing that shows that there are also risks of not breastfeeding. The following fast facts highlight the growing number of benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the risks associated with not breastfeeding your baby.
Across Canada, almost 89% of women start breastfeeding. (Statistics Canada, CCHS 2011- 2012).
Breastmilk contains special fatty acids not found in formula that help your baby’s brain to develop and boost brain power.
Breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding are among the most effective interventions to promote child health, growth and development (WHO/UNICEF, 2008).
The fat in breastmilk contains high levels of cholesterol and this may protect your child from high cholesterol levels later in life.