101 Reasons to Breastfeed 

Written by Leslie Burby at ProMoM.com 

  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the optimal nutrition for infants 

  2. The American Dietetic Association promotes breastfeeding 

  3. Breast milk is more digestible than formula 

  4. Breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of breast cancer 

  5. Baby’s suckling helps shrink mother’s uterus to pre-pregnancy size after childbirth 

  6. Formula feeding increases baby girls’ risk of developing breast cancer in later life 

  7. Formula Feeding is associated with lower I.Q. 

  8. Breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula 

  9. Breast milk helps pass meconium 

  10. Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby’s immune system.

  11. Breastfeeding satisfies baby’s emotional needs and increases bonding between mother and baby 

  12. Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition 

  13. Breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of developing ovarian cancer 

  14. Recommended by the World Health Organization & UNICEF 

  15. Breastfeeding protects against Crohn’s disease (intestinal disorder) 

  16. Formula-fed babies are more at risk for obesity and being over-weight in later life 

  17. Formula feeding increases risk of children developing diabetes

  18. Breastfeeding helps decrease insulin requirements in diabetic mothers 

  19. Breastfeeding may help stabilize progress of maternal endometriosis 

  20. Breastfed babies have less chance of cardiopulmonary distress while feeding

  21. Baby’s suckling helps prevent post-partum hemorrhage in mother 

  22. Breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of developing endometrial cancer 

  23. Formula feeding increases chances of baby developing allergies 

  24. Breast milk lowers risk of baby developing asthma 

  25. Formula feeding increases baby’s risk of otitis media (ear infections) 

  26. Formula feeding may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) 

  27. Breastfeeding protects baby against diarrheal infections 

  28. Breastfeeding protects baby against bacterial meningitis 

  29. Breastfeeding protects baby against respiratory infections 

  30. Formula fed babies have a higher risk of developing certain childhood cancers 

  31. Breastfeeding decreases chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis 

  32. Pre-term milk is specially designed for premature infants 

  33. Breastfeeding decreases child’s chances of contracting Hodgkin’s disease 

  34. Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born 

  35. Breastfeeding protects baby against some vision defects 

  36. Breastfeeding decreases chances of osteoporosis 

  37. Breast milk aids in proper intestinal development 

  38. Cow’s milk is an intestinal irritant 

  39. Breastfed babies have less chance of developing ulcerative colitis 

  40. Breast milk protects against hemophilus b. bacteria 

  41. Breastfed babies require shorter pre- and post-surgical fasting 

  42. Breastfeeding results in less sick days for parents 

  43. Breastfeeding enhances vaccine effectiveness 

  44. Breastfed babies have less chance of developing necrotizing enterocolitis 

  45. Breastfeeding contributes to optimal child spacing 

  46. Breastfeeding is easier than using formula 

  47. Breast milk is free 

  48. Formula is expensive 

  49. Formula costs the government (and taxpayers) millions of dollars 

  50. Breastfed babies require fewer doctor visits 

  51. Breast milk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrates and protein 

  52. Breast milk acts like a natural tranquilizer for baby 

  53. Breastfeeding acts like a natural tranquilizer for mom 

  54. Breast milk tastes better than formula 

  55. Breastfed babies are healthier over-all 

  56. Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday 

  57. Breast milk is always the right temperature 

  58. Breastfeeding mothers spend less time and money on doctor visits 

  59. Fewer waste packaging products 

  60. No bottles to tote 

  61. Breastfeeding may lower the risk of developing high cholesterol 

  62. No need to refrigerate 

  63. Cow’s milk is designed for baby cows, while human milk is designed for human babies 

  64. Breast milk aids in the proper development of a baby’s gastrointestinal tract 

  65. Breast milk provides natural pain relief for baby 

  66. Human milk is the perfect food for a sick infant 

  67. Breastfeeding protects mothers against anemia (iron deficiency) 

  68. Breastfeeding mothers spend less money on menstrual supplies 

  69. A breastfeeding mom gets more sleep 

  70. Babies that nurse are happier at night 

  71. More sleep for dad 

  72. Less equipment to maintain and store 

  73. Less equipment to buy 

  74. Breast milk has never been recalled due to manufacturing problems 

  75. Fresh breast milk is never contaminated with bacteria 

  76. No need to worry about which brand is better 

  77. No need to worry about adding contaminated water 

  78. Breastfed babies get fewer stomach infections 

  79. Less chance of baby getting eczema 

  80. Breastfed babies have great skin 

  81. Less spit-up 

  82. Breastfeeding is better for premature infants 

  83. Breast milk contains no genetically engineered materials 

  84. Breast milk contains no synthetic growth hormones 

  85. Lack of breastfeeding associated with multiple sclerosis in later life 

  86. Less chance of inguinal hernia 

  87. Better cognitive development for low birth weight babies 

  88. Better social development 

  89. Decreased risk of baby developing urinary tract infections 

  90. Suckling optimizes hand-to-eye coordination 

  91. Breastfeeding is a self confidence booster for mom 

  92. Facilitates proper dental and jaw development 

  93. Breastfed babies have less tooth decay 

  94. Less money spent on corrective orthodontia 

  95. Better speech development 

  96. Breast milk may help combat eye infections 

  97. Breastfeeding may lower blood pressure in childhood 

  98. No worry about latest ingredient discovered to be missing from formula 

  99. Much nicer diaper changes 

  100. Breastfed babies smell fantastic 

  101. It's what breasts were designed for!