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Benefits of breastfeeding for a baby:
Breast milk is a natural resource for baby food. It consists of immunity-boosting antibodies and healthy enzymes. There are many advantages of breastfeeding for a baby and a mom.
Keep safe from Allergies and Eczema
Breastfeeding protects your newly born baby from allergies, eczema, and asthma. It is particularly beneficial if you are having an eczema history in your family. Mom’s breast milk contains essential proteins which digest the allergic reaction while cow’s or goat milk does not digest.
Protect against diarrhea, and constipation
Breast milk protects your baby from stomach upset, diarrhea and constipation problems as easy to break down and mild digest.
Breast Milk supplies healthy nutrition
Breast milk supplies ideal nutrition to your newborn babies. Mothers must know about how to pump more milk? to fulfill their child’s needs during the first days after birth. The American researchers suggested exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months and another scientists study reveals breastfeeding for at least 1 year. Breast milk consists of everything the baby needs for the first 6 months of life. During the first month after birth, the breasts produce a thick and yellowish fluid is known as colostrum. It's rich in protein, low sugar, and filled with useful compounds.
Diminish the risk of SIDS
Breastfeeding decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). First-month breastfeeding diminishes the risk of SIDS in half.
Amplify the child's Intelligence
Breastfeeding is associated with cognitive development in various scientist researches. Scientists concluded from 20,000 infants IQ scores and other intelligence tests from birth to 6 months that breastfeeding significantly exceeds the cognitive development. Another study of 5,000 children revealed that breastfed babies had high scores on a vocabulary test than children who were not breastfed. Breastfeeding plays a vital role in a child's mental development. Breastfeeding amplifies the child’s intelligence and makes your child smart.
Protect from Obesity
Breast milk is thick and rich in protein which helps to stimulate the healthy weight gain. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested breastfeeding to protect from child’s obese or overweight. Another survey of 17 studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals that breastfeeding decreases the risk of becoming overweight as a teen or adult.
Build emotional bonding
Breastfeeding form emotional bonds between mom and a baby. Skin-to-skin or cuddly closeness relation helps to feel more reliable and consoling. The skin-to-skin relation increases mother's oxytocin (It is a hormone which helps breastmilk flow) levels.
Defend against various diseases
Breastfeeding reduces your child's risk of various severe diseases such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, spinal meningitis, type 1 diabetes, bacteremia, necrotizing enterocolitis, childhood leukemia, celiac, gastroenteritis and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breast milk protects your baby from viruses’ (flu, pneumonia, diarrhea colds), allergies disease, inflammatory bowel, ear infections, urinary tract infections, and respiratory tract infections.
Benefits of breastfeeding for a mom:
The benefits of breast milk are not only extended to your baby but also boost your health.
Helps to Lose Pregnancy Weight:
Breastfeeding burns about 300 to 500 calories a day, nursing mothers can easily lose pregnancy weight in a healthy way. Breast milk consists of 20 calories per ounce. If you feed your baby 30 ounces a day, then 600 calories swept out of your body. So, breastfeeding helps mothers to lose pregnancy weight more than other moms who don’t breastfeed.
Breastfeeding helps to shrink the Uterus
Breastfeeding helps to shrink the uterus size back to pre-pregnancy size. In fact, you might feel light contractions in the first few weeks while you're breastfeeding. After delivery, your uterus undergoes a procedure called involution, which assists it to return its actual size. Oxytocin is a hormone which helps to drive this procedure. During the first three months of breastfeeding, the level of oxytocin increases which stimulates the uterine contractions back to its previous size and decreases bleeding.
Breastfeeding delays ovulation, which means delaying in menstruation. Even if you do breastfeed regularly, your prolactin levels will finally drop over the course of several months. Some women have used this phenomenon as birth control after delivery.
Helps in birth spacing
In developing countries, exclusive breastfeeding decreases entire potential fertility which helps in birth spacing naturally.
Protect you from depression
Postpartum depression is a kind of depression that can develop shortly after your childbirth. Breastfeeding helps to protect you from all these types of depression.
Reduces the risk of cancer
American scientists reveal that moms who breastfeed have less risk of breast cancer and uterus cancer. Many studies showed that the longer women breastfeed, the more they are protected against ovarian and breast cancer.
Saves your money
Breastfeeding is a natural process and completely free. According to La Leche League International, the formula costs may extend from $150 to $500 per month and $1,800 to $6,000 per year. Even if you buy various nursing bras, an electric pump, and nursing pillows, you’ll expend only half of the formula supply cost.