Breastfeeding Focus Areas: Diabetes and Obesity

Breastfeeding provides benefits to babies, mothers, and the community.  Staff and pregnant women in American Indian and Alaska Native communities may use this information to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.

A strong tradition since the beginning of time.

Benefits for the Baby:

  • Mother's milk protects babies from ear infections, diarrhea, colds, and flu.
  • Mother's milk may protect babies from obesity and so reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Mother's milk is easily digested.
  • Mother's milk is the perfect food for premature babies. See Indian Health Service: Providers – Breastfeeding

See also:
     Indian Health Service: Head Start Program

Breastfeeding Focus Areas: Diabetes and Obesity. HHS/IHS. n.d. English.

Last Updated: November 13, 2014