The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

Breast milk is the perfect baby food providing the optimal nutrition- proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and water in the right quantity to meet the growth and developmental needs of babies up to 4-6 months of age. Breastfeeding not only boosts your newborn's physical and mental development, but  also protects your own health. Read more about the advantages of breastfeeding for Mom and Baby.


 Advantages of breastfeeding for Baby

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    • It provides important antibodies-  Babies receive live, immediate and lifelong immunities from breast milk which helps them fight infections and allergies. Colostrum (first breast milk) provides high amounts of immunoglobulin A (IgA) which protects your baby from getting sick by forming a protective layer in the baby’s nose, throat, and digestive system. 

    • It provides ideal nutrition to babies- Breast milk contains everything a baby needs for the first 6 months of their life. During the first days after birth, the pre milk called Colostrum is secreted. It’s a thick and yellowish fluid, high in protein and low in sugar, loaded with beneficial compounds which helps the newborn’s immature digestive tract to develop. It’s pretty amazing to observe that your quality and quantity of milk supply will fluctuate based on your baby’s demand to meet those requirements.

    • Lessens the risk of SIDS- Although the connection is unclear but Breastfeeding can reduce your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While the research shows that breastfeeding as little as two months cuts the risk of SIDS in half.
    • Brings you close to your baby- Breastfeeding allows babies to feel like home as they’ve known while in the womb. Little things like hearing your heartbeat and feeling your warmth will help her become more aware and comfortable to the outer world.
  • Promotes your baby’s healthy weight- As it helps in preventing obesity, the studies have shown that the breast fed babies have a noticeable reduction in the chances of a baby developing overweight and obesity. They develop beneficial gut bacteria, which may affect fat storage. Also the Breastfed babies self-regulate their milk intake which helps them develop healthy eating patterns.
    • Reduces disease risks- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in breast milk, helps support proper brain development, reduces the risk of developing middle ear infections and diabetes, since there’s no artificial sugar in breast milk. 

     

     Advantages of breastfeeding for New Moms

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  • Reduces the risk of diseases- Studies have shown that breastfeeding is found associated with a decreased chances of women facing heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and arthritis. 
  • May help reduce pregnancy weight- The difference isn’t significant but it’s said that every ounce of break milk contains 20 calories which results in burning about 300 to 500 calories a day. 
  • Helps your uterus go back to normal size- During pregnancy, the uterus grows immensely, expanding from the size of a pear to filling almost the entire space of your abdomen. Breastfeeding promotes the release of a hormone 'Oxytocin' which reduces post-delivery blood loss, helping the uterus return to its previous size.
  • Reduces the risks of post pregnancy depression- Studies have shown that the Women who breastfeed seem less likely to develop postpartum depression, compared to mothers who do not breastfeed. 
  • Brings you close to your baby- This is the biggest benefit of breastfeeding, imagine communicating love to each other by exchanging looks, noises, and cuddles with your baby during a nursing session.

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