Breastmilk contains important antibodies that help prevent diseases and infections (e.g., middle ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea and vomiting, and juvenile diabetes).
Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of your baby developing allergies (if there is a family history of allergies).
Breastfeeding offers some protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or crib death.
Research suggests that breastfeeding provides some protection for the mother against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and weak bones later in life.
Findings have consistently shown a decreased risk of maternal breast cancer with longer durations of breastfeeding (Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, 2002; Chang-Claude, Eby, Kiechle, Bastert, & Becher, 2000; Brinton et al., 1995).
Across Canada, almost 89% of women start breastfeeding. (Statistics Canada, CCHS 2011- 2012).
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