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Working Together to Promote Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Facts & Benefits


 Benefits to Babies Who Breastfeed

 Nutritional Benefits:

• Provides most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies

• Keeps pace with infant’s growth and changing nutritional needs

Health Benefits:

• Protects against stomach upsets, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, allergies, asthma, meningitis, childhood lymphoma, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

• Reduces risk of childhood diabetes and SIDS

• Increases bone density

• Reduces risk of heart disease later in life

Developmental Benefits:

• Develops higher IQ’s

• Improves brain & nervous system development

Emotional Benefits:

• Improves emotional development

• Promotes special warm bonding & emotional relationship with mom


Benefits to Moms Who Breastfeed

 Health Benefits:

• Protects against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life

• Reduces risk of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers and anemia

• Helps return mom’s body to its pre-pregnancy state faster

Cost Benefits:

• Breast milk is free, thus reducing or eliminating the cost of formula

• Breastfed babies are sick less, thus reducing healthcare costs to family and requiring less time-off from work

Emotional Benefits:

• Promotes special emotional relationship and bonding with baby


Benefits to the Environment & Society

 • Reduces cost of healthcare by promoting healthier moms & babies

• Reduces insurance premiums for both parents & employers

• Reduces tax burden on communities & government to ensure children are properly fed

• Reduces absenteeism in the workplace due to children’s illness

• Reduces global pollution by decreasing the use of resources and energy required to produce and distribute materials created by the manufacture & use of artificial baby milk


Breast Pump Rental

 We offer breast pumps and hospital grade rental pump free of charge to WIC participants. Macoupin County residents may rent a hospital-grade breast pump for a nominal fee. Please contact Macoupin County Health Department for more information.


For further information on breastfeeding or services we provide contact:

Jennifer Swank, CLC

1-217-854-3223 ext 247