Breastfeeding is so important that the first week of August, commonly known as the World Breastfeeding Week, has been set aside to emphasize on breastfeeding benefits for a child, as the sole means of feeding them for the first 6 months.
Unfortunately, not all mothers have sufficient breast milk to meet the baby’s nutritional needs. In such a case, a combination of breast milk and or just formula is recommended. Below are some of the breastfeeding benefits that every mother need to know.
1. Custom-made: Did you know that pre-milk produced after delivery is different from the regular breast milk? This milk is rich in antibodies that protect the newborn from infections, viruses, and another microbe. Three to four days later, mothers begin to produce milk with high-calorie content to promote growth and development of the baby. The nutrient content and the creaminess of the milk is based on the needs of the baby at each development stage.
2. Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Also known as cot or crib death, SIDS is an unexplained dead of babies below the age of one year. This death occurs during sleep and can be very traumatic for the family since the cause of death is not established. Breastfeeding is recommended to reduce the risk of SIDS in newborns.
3. Reduces the risk of cancer and diseases: Diseases such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, cancer, among others can be reduced by feeding your baby on breast milk. Breastfeeding also offers long-term protection to the child.
4. Improves health and immunity: Reduce the chances of your baby suffering from, diarrhoea, cols, pneumonia, and viral fevers through breastfeeding. This also protects them against skin disorders, intestinal issues, and obesity. If your baby is sickly or in pain, breastfeeding is the best medicine you can give.
5. Bonding and emotional connection: Breastfeeding give you time to bond with your baby. During this time, mothers are tuned to their babies’ requirements. The bond and physical comfort cannot be substituted with anything and is as important as breastfeeding itself.
6. Post-delivery healing: Breastfeeding has been found to be effective in speeding up the contraction of the uterus and reducing any discomfort and blood loss. In fact, breastfeeding will help the uterus return to its normal size within 6 weeks.
7. Steady supply: Breast milk is always available for the baby and with all the necessary nutrients and antibodies. Moreover, it helps in reducing stress allowing you to sleep better since there is no need for heating the milk.
8. Postpartum weight loss: This is yet another of the breastfeeding benefits for mother. For every 60ml, you lose 400 calories per day. Combined with healthy eating, this is a great way to lose the baby weight. Keep in mind that dieting is discouraged for breastfeeding mothers.
9. Reduced risk of cancer: If you though the above breastfeeding benefit for mother was the best, then reducing the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer will make you want to breastfeed even more. According to research, for every year you breastfeed, the risk of cancer reduces by 4 percent.
10. Saves money
unlike the formula and pacifiers, breast milk is free and without a doubt the best for the baby. Save your cash until the baby is ready to be weaned since breast milk has all the necessary nutrients.