Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastmilk provides just the right proportion of essential nutrients, vitamins, proteins, fats and antibodies to help your baby’s body and brain develop.

What’s amazing is that it also can adapt its composition to meet your baby’s needs as they get older or become sick. Breastfed babies have a greater sense of taste and smell because breast milk changes flavor based on the mother’s diet. Just as importantly, your baby thrives emotionally because skin-to-skin contact with mom creates a strong bond and sense of security.

Breastfed Babies Benefits-

  1. Get sick less and have a lower risk of allergies
  2. Have a lower risk of obesity and Types 1 and 2 diabetes
  3. Have a lower incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  4. Have a reduced risk for ear infections and gastroenteritis
  5. Are on a path to optimal brain development
  6. Get nutrients that help strengthen and develop their immature immune system in a way no other substance can
  7. Respond better to immunizations against Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Haemophilus influenza
  8. Have optimal oral development because of their jaw movements and nutrients in breastmilk decrease the risk of tooth decay
  9. Are protected against respiratory infections including those caused by rotaviruses
  10. Are less likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia or bronchiolitis, and have a decreased risk of lower respiratory tract infections
  11. Have been associated with a slightly enhanced performance on cognitive development tests

Breastfeeding provides health benefits for mothers beyond emotional satisfaction.

  • Mothers who breastfeed recover from childbirth more quickly and easily. The hormone oxytocin, released during breastfeeding, acts to return the uterus to its regular size more quickly and can reduce postpartum bleeding.
  • Studies show that women who have breastfed experience reduced rates of breast and ovarian cancer later in life.
  • Some studies have found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding delays the return of the mother’s menstrual period, which can help extend the time between pregnancies. Exclusive breastfeeding can provide a natural form of contraception if the mother’s menses have not returned, the baby is breastfeeding day and night, and the baby is less than    sixmonths old

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