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Advantages for Rita:
Contracts uterus to pre-pregnancy size more quickly
Delays ovulation (however this is not a guarantee infertility, other BC should be used to prevent conception)
Delays menstruation, thus iron is conserved
May protect against breast and ovarian cancer
Cheaper than purchasing formula
Environmental savings in manufacturing; packaging, shipping of formula
Advantages for Ben:
Colostrum, is a substance produced days after delivery rich in antibodies and white blood cells
Bifidus factors - favor the growth of friendly bacteria in the GI tract
Lactoferrin - binds iron in breast milk, preventing growth of iron-dependent harmful bacteria in the GI tract and increasing bioavailability for iron absorption
Growth factors - stimulates development of healthy GI tract
Lipase enzymes - protects against additional infections
Breast milk excels as a source of nutrients for infants due to its unique nutrient composition and protective factors that promote health and development
More easily digested than formula (higher bioavailability)
Breast milk is nature's most nearly perfect food
The lactose in breast milk enhances calcium absorption
Contains immune factors that reduces risk for GI infections
Reduces risk of allergies
Less protein which puts less pressure on baby's kidneys to excrete urea
Contains long chain fatty acids (DHA and EPA) for brain and vision development
Exposed to different flavors through breast milk and may try a greater variety of food
Breast-fed infants grow at a slightly, but significantly slower rate than formula fed infants; there is some limited evidence that breast-fed infants may be at lower risk for obesity
Some evidence proving that breast-fed infants have reduced risk for some chronic diseases and adults, such as heart disease