Advantages of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has so many benefits for you and your baby!
Breast milk has the ideal nutrition for your baby. It has the most perfect components of vitamins, protein and fat that helps your infant to grow. Additionally, it is more digestible as compared to infant formula. Breast milk contains many natural antibodies that helps your baby to fight viruses and bacteria.
Breast milk and Microbiome
Breastmilk has been linked to a healthier gut because of the healthy bacteria it contains. Microbiome (All the bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and on the body) found in breastmilk is being transferred to the infant while breastfeeding. Babies who got more nutrition from exclusive breastfeeding has more diverse microbial communities as compared to babies who were breastfed lesser. There are many studies out there that have also evidently proven that the probiotic bacteria found in breastmilk can be transferred to the infants, thus promoting an overall healthier and stronger gut for baby.
Breastfeeding lowers the risks of other diseases
Breastfed babies also have lower risks to asthma and allergies. Infants who are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months (no formula), have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhea, which also suggests lower frequency of visits to the doctors and hospitals. There are also thoughts that breastfeeding lowers the risks to diabetes, obesity, certain cancers but more research needs to be done on that. Breastfeeding has also been said to play a role in preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In some studies, breastfeeding is also linked to better brain development and promotes mental abilities and cognitive faculty.
Additionally, breastfeeding promotes a healthy bonding and closeness between mom and baby. The eye contact and physical touch - that is an exclusive bond that only the mother and baby share.
Breastfeeding benefits for the Mother
Breastfeeding burns extra calories and helps the mother to lose the pregnancy weight faster. A hormone oxytocin is released when you breastfeed and this helps your uterus to return to the pre-pregnancy size, and reduces uterine bleeding after birth too. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis too. Besides the health benefits, the more immediate advantages of breastfeeding is that it helps you to save time and money. You save money and especially time in having to prepare the formula milk, sterilizing the bottles and washing the bottles. This gives you more time to relax and bond with your baby, which is extremely important for your post-partum recovery.
Provides balanced nutrition
Reduces immunity and infection risks
Is easily digested and absorbed
Helps with uterine contractions and with restoring the body to its prenatal condition
Doesn’t need the amount of work required to prepare baby formula