Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend keeping breast milk in a child's diet to some level up until age TWO? Colorado laws protect a mother's milk expression at work until age two because of this recommendation. Why are breast milk and breastfeeding so vital that it's protected by law?
Breastfeeding is the best way to give your baby a healthy start in life. The benefits of breastfeeding are immediate as well as last a lifetime. Every mother's breast milk is customized by her body to meet the exact needs of her baby. It's gourmet food with every meal! Feeding your baby your breast milk saves time, money and can even potentially save their life.
Benefits for Baby
A mother's breast milk is alive! Breast milk contains live cells, hormones, and antibodies. These properties cannot be found in manufactured formulas. These amazing attributes are unique and change day by day to meet the needs of your baby.
Research shows that breastfed babies have lower risks of (1,2)
Benefits for Mom
When a mother breastfeeds immediately after birth, hormones are released to help her heal, reduce post-delivery bleeding, and assists the uterus in returning to its normal size. By breastfeeding a mother also lowers her risk for these conditions: (3,4)
Breastmilk is better than science? YES!
Formula can be a life-saving alternative when necessary.
2. Harder, T., Bergmann, R., Kallischnigg, G., Plagemann, A. (2005). Duration of breastfeeding and risk of overweight: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology; 162(5): 397-403.
3. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2013). Committee Opinion No. 570: Breastfeeding in Underserved Women: Increasing Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding.(link is external)
4. Schwarz, E.B., Ray, R.M., Stuebe, A.M., Allison, M.A., Ness, R.B., Freiberg, M.S., et al. (2009). Duration of lactation and risk factors for maternal cardiovascular disease. Obstetrics & Gynecology; 113(5): 974-982.