BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING- WORLD BREASTFEEDING MONTH
BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING
To see a baby being breastfed is a very pure and natural scene to watch. But the decision to breastfeed is totally up to the mother. Whether she wants to breastfeed her child or not, it is her choice. Every person has a different opinion on this aspect. But most of the researchers have proved that breastfeeding has countless benefits and every mother should breastfeed her baby. Of course, some are not able to and at the end of the day we believe "Fed is Best".
Following are some breastfeeding benefits:
Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for baby. It contains a perfect mixture of proteins, vitamins, and fats. In short, it contains everything your baby needs to flourish and grow. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and various bacterias. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Studies show babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and even diarrhea.
Protection against diseases:
Breast milk reduces the risk of many diseases. It is also enriched with antibodies which provide protection against Type 1 Diabetes Melitis, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease etc. Also, the incidences of viral infections are much lower in breastfed children.
Lessen the risk of SIDS:
SIDS is a very common cause of death in infants. Breastfeeding has the benefit of protecting the baby against SIDS by about half.- i.e. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Makes bones stronger:
The women who breastfeed their babies have stronger bones and are prevented from postmenopausal osteoporosis. It is because when a woman is lactating, calcium is absorbed much more efficiently.
Stronger emotional bonding:
Breastfeeding creates a very special emotional bond between baby and mother. When a mother sees her child thriving because of her, it increases her affection for her child much more.
Research has proven that the babies who were breastfed have much higher IQ than the other ones. So, breastfeeding has the benefit of giving increased intelligence to your child. Breastfed children have appeared to perform much better in studies and daily activities than the formula fed children.
Infants who are breastfed appear to have appropriate weight when they grow younger rather than becoming obese or overweight.
Babies who are formula fed respond poorly to vaccines. On the other hand, babies who are breastfed have the much better response of antibodies to vaccines.
Protection against allergies:
Breastmilk is rich in special antibodies which provide protection to the infant against allergies. The babies who are fed cow milk are more prone to allergens than the breastfed babies.
Reduce the risk of cancers:
The latest research has proved that the women who breastfeed their babies are more protected against ovarian and breast cancer. For breast cancer, breastfeeding for 1 year provides the best protection.
Reduces postpartum depression
Women often experience depressive episodes after childbirth. Lactating and breastfeeding have a great role in minimizing the risk of post-natal depression. Because the mother feels close to her child and it creates a special sort of bond between them.
Birth control measure:
Breastfeeding is a very effective birth control measure. During breastfeeding, ovulation stops so the chances of pregnancy are greatly reduced. Yet this is not the perfect way to control conception.
Saves your money and time:
To feed formula milk to your child requires great effort and time. You have to calculate the exact amount needed by your baby. You have to get up in the middle of nights because the timings must be perfect. On the other hand, breastfeeding is very feasible and easy for the mother.
Getting back to pre-birth weight faster than usual is always a win!
To conclude it's still your choice whether to breastfeed or formula feed your child. Has always "Fed is best".
Breastfeeding is extremely beneficial both for the mother and the child.
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