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Breastfeeding or formula? To help you make an informed decision, here are the facts!

NOT BREASTFEEDING: ARE THERE RISKS?

Yes. According to the most current scientific knowledge, not breastfeeding poses risks to the health of the baby and the mother.

How to reduce the risks as much as possible? Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, with nutritious complementary foods and continued breasfeeding up to the age of 2 and beyond, reduces the risks to the health of the baby and the mother.

Increase risks for baby of:

  • Contamination of the formula at the factory
  • Contamination during dilution and conservation
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Asthma and respiratory infections
  • Otitis media
  • Diarrhea, gastrointestinal infections
  • Childhood cancers, leukemia
  • Diabetes type 1 and 2
  • Obesity
  • Lower motor and psychomotor development
  • Lower cognitive development

Increase risks for mother of:

  • Lower weight loss
  • Postnatal stress
  • Postnatal depression
  • Early return to fertility
  • Breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Iron deficiency due to postpartum hemorrhage