Once you’ve given birth, breastfeeding is the single most important thing you can do to protect your baby and help to promote good health. Breastfeeding’s purpose goes beyond just feeding the baby’s appetite and helps in bonding and attachment let’s take a look at how breastfeeding benefits both mother and baby.
“BENEFITS FOR BABY”
Benefit-1 (Complete Source of Nutrition)
Breast milk has the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals that are easier to digest and absorb for the baby.
Benefit-2 (Boosts Immunity)
Breast milk is rich in vital antibodies required to fight off infections & allergies by strengthening the baby’s immune system.
Benefit-3 (Bonding With The Mother)
Breastfeeding strengthens the bonding between the mother and the baby it does that by enhancing closeness and comfort making the baby feel safe in the mother’s arms.
Benefit-4 (Lowered Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome “SIDS”)
According to research breastfed babies have a decreased chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) breastfed babies have higher immunity towards infections that can turn fatal and end in SIDS.
Benefit-5 (Lowered Risk of Heart Disease)
Babies that are breastfed in the first six months are also less likely to develop heart diseases later on in life.
“BENEFITS FOR MOTHER”
Benefit-1 (Emotional Fulfillment and Bonding)
Oxytocin (The Love Harmon) produced while nursing helps promote feelings of love and attachment with the baby similarly the hormone enhances the mother’s feelings and need to nurture the baby.
Benefit-2 (Lowers Risk of Breast Cancer)
Studies show that women who breastfeed have lowered risk of breast cancer by as much as 25 percent.
Benefit-3 (Reduces Postpartum Problems)
Breastfeeding women recover faster and easier from childbirth as hormones such as oxytocin help the uterus return to normalcy quicker and reduce postpartum bleeding.
Benefit-4 (Lowers Risk of Ovarian Cancer)
Since it delays ovulation breastfeeding helps prevent ovarian cancer according to researchers the risk of cell mutation which triggers ovarian cancer is higher when ovulation is frequent.
Benefit-5 (Natural and Convenient)
Breast feeding always gives fresh milk that is safe and at the right temperature there’s no need to heat boil or sterilize bottles and it is a hassle-free feeding method that works at any time during the day.
“Breastfeeding has both physical and emotional benefits for both the mother and the baby it is the best choice to feed the baby unless the mother cannot do so due to medical reasons. Best of all, breastfeeding is free.”