4131 Spicewood Springs Rd • C1 • Austin, TX
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INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANTS

Serving Austin Mothers and Babies for over 20 years

Benefits of Breastfeeding
BEST FOR BABY  
The Gold Standard of Breastfeeding
 
Breastfeeding is the natural and normal way to provide optimal nutritional, immunological, and emotional nurturing for the growth and development of infants. No artificial baby milk (formula) is the same as breastmilk in terms of nutrients, enzymes, growth factors, hormones, immunological and anti-inflammatory properties or in infant growth and developmental outcomes. Therefore, breastmilk doesn’t just add benefits, but sets the standard for infant feeding.
The Standard of Health Outcomes
Artificially-fed infants have:
  • Increased rates of respiratory disease
  • Increased rates of otitis media
  • Increased rates of gastroenteritis
  • Increased rates risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Increased incidence of allergies
  • Increased risk of childhood cancers
  • Increased risk of IDDM in susceptible children
  • Increased rates of ulcerative colitis
  • Increased incidence of Crohn’s Disease
  • Increased possibility of improperly stimulated immune system
  • Increased risk for less favorable response to vaccines with low antibody levels -leaving some artificially-fed babies under-immunized
The Standard of Cognitive Outcomes
Artificially-fed infants have:
  • A different brain composition than breastfed babies
  • A lower neurodevelopment response at 4 months of age
  • Lower mental development scores at 18 months of age
  • Lower cognitive scores at 3 years of age
  • Twice the rate of minor neurological dysfunction at 9 years of age
  • Lower IQs at ages 11-16 years
The Standard of Composition
Artificial baby milk does NOT contain these vital components:
  • Secretory IgA
  • Lysozymes
  • Macophages
  • Enzymes
  • Growth factors
 
Artificial baby milk (formula) cannot meet these standards. The only food that meets them is breastmilk – a living fluid and the Gold Standard.
  
BEST FOR MOTHER
 
Benefits for Mother: 
  • Research shows that breastfeeding benefits the health of mothers.
  • Breastmilk is always fresh, perfectly clean, just the right temperature, and is the healthy choice at the least cost!
  • Increased levels of oxytocin stimulate postpartum uterine contractions, minimizing blood loss and encouraging rapid uterine toning.
  • From 3 months to 12 months postpartum, breastfeeding increases the rate of weight loss in most nursing mothers.
  • Breastfeeding offers some protection against the early return of fertility.
  • Because breastfed babies are healthier, their mothers miss less work and spend less time and money on pediatric care.
  • Breastfeeding women report psychological benefits such as increased self-confidence and a stronger sense of connection with their babies
 
Studies show that breastfeeding reduces the risk of these diseases in the mother:
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pre-and post-menopausal breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Osteoporosis