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Breastfeeding: The Best Start in Life

Research shows that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby's first year of life.

Breastfeeding can improve the health of mother and baby. Babies receive nutrients that only you can provide, and mothers can actually lower their risk of developing diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Mothers and babies shouldn't miss out on these benefits. We encourage all mothers to choose breastfeeding for good nutrition from the beginning.

Better for Children

  • Breastfed infants are healthier. Babies who are exclusively breastfed have fewer childhood ear and respiratory infections, and a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) .
  • Breastfed infants grow up healthier. They are less likely to have weight problems in childhood, and are less likely to suffer from asthma and allergies. They even have a lower risk of diabetes and leukemia as they get older.

Better for Mothers

  • Breastfeeding mothers are healthier. Mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and other cancers, and are less likely to develop heart disease — and these benefits are lifelong, not just during the time you breastfeed.
  • Breastfeeding is good for parenting. Breastfeeding creates a bond between mother and child that gives you confidence as a new parent.
  • Breastfeeding saves money. There's no formula to buy, and because your baby will be healthier, fewer doctor visits to pay for.

Mississippi state law now upholds your right to breastfeed at work or in any public place.

What Breastfeeding Can Do for You

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Contact the Breastfeeding Program

WIC Breastfeeding Program Coordinator
Mississippi State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Phone: 601-991-6000
Toll-free: 1-800-545-6747

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This page has been automatically translated from English. MSDH has not reviewed this translation and is not responsible for any inaccuracies.
Last reviewed on Mar 16, 2015

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