Benefits of Breastfeeding
First, the benefits of breastfeeding are many and beneficial to both mother and baby.
But, is breastfeeding for everyone? No. Breastfeeding is a highly personal choice. Also, some women are unable to breastfeed. One reason is, being on medications that could harm the child. Other reasons are: painful, upsetting, or unable to produce enough milk.
Some of the struggles to breastfeeding include: painful engorged breasts, sore nipples, or babies having difficulty in latching on. There are organizations such as the La Leche League, a valuable resource to contact with concerns, problems, and questions. Contact one in your area. The nurses on the maternity unit are also very helpful, and will be able to give contacts or other helpful resources.
If you are able to breastfeed your baby, you are reaping high benefits for both your child and yourself.
Benefits for baby from breastfeeding.
Breast milk provides all the nutrients your baby needs for growth and development in the most crucial time of development. Breast milk is easily digested and absorbed, compared to formulas which may cause constipation, diarrhea, or other gastric upsets. Studies find that the makeup or composition of breast milk is exactly what the baby needs when they need it. Also, breast milk contains nutrients formulas lack. Breast milk contains the perfect balance of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates needed for growth and development of your child.
Furthermore, the first few days of breast feeding, the breast produces colostrum. Thus, colostrum helps the newborn’s digestive tract to grow.
Another benefit of breast milk, it contains good bacteria that helps break down food. Hence, it also increases the babies immune system. Therefore, breastfed babies have a lower risk of getting sick. Studies find increased IQ, mood, decreased risk of cancer, heart disease diabetes and general healthier not only for now, but into the adult life.
Lutein, a very important nutrient found in breast milk. This nutrient helps your baby’s brain to develop faster, which may result in better grades in school. Eyes are considered an extension of the brain. Consequently, lutein also supports healthy eyes. Because of this, your child will less likely need glasses.
By sucking on the breast, your baby’s jaw and teeth are correctly forming in the mouth. This reduces the risk of needing braces in adult life. On the contrary, sucking the thumb is detrimental to teeth formation.
Benefits for both baby and mother of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding provides a wonderful physical bonding experience for both your baby and yourself. Considering that your baby was in the womb for 9 months, this skin to skin experience is the next best thing for your baby. It also draws you closer to your baby.
While breastfeeding, the mother’s breasts are bigger, because they are full of milk. Since they are larger, this also helps the baby to latch on easier.
World Health Organization (W.H.O.) stresses to feed a baby only breast milk for the first six months of their life. Moreover, continue to breastfeed until at least one year of age while introducing solid foods. The longer a baby is breastfed the more benefits are reaped. They highly recommend to breastfeed at least the first 2 years or more of the baby’s life.
Benefits for mother who breastfeeds.
During the time you are breastfeeding your child, you will experience the lack of menstrual periods. Thereby, this will increase the levels of iron in your body. Subsequently, you will experience better immunity and higher levels of energy. Iron carries oxygen and nutrients. It is a type of birth control.
You will also find that your belly shrinks faster. Consequently, you will find that you will be able to fit into your normal clothes sooner. This is because your baby is drinking calories from your body.
The first two years of breast feeding, reduces the risks of uterine, breast, and ovarian cancers. Additionally, breastfeeding your baby lowers your risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Large amounts of hormones (oxytocin, endorphines, and melatonin) that help you love, feel good, and sleep are produced.
Convenience, cost effective, and less work are also included while breast feeding. No sterilizing, less washing, and no need or less bottles to keep around. There are no trips to the store for formula that is expensive. You will have the milk ready whenever baby needs it. This also makes it easier for traveling.
Mothers also find it very relaxing.
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