It's breastfeeding month, and we want to help with the advocacy of making more moms aware of the goodness breastfeeding can do. While we have given you tips on breastfeeding in the previous blogs, this time, we will share the benefits you and your baby can get from breastfeeding.
Benefits for babies
Breastmilk is the ideal milk for every baby, premie or full term. It is composed of 87% water, 7% carbohydrate, 4% lipid, and 1% protein. It also contains potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, and many more. It also has vitamins too! It has long-term benefits that can last through adulthood.
contains compounds that help to fight infectious diseases
strengthens immune system\
fewer respiratory illnesses like whooping cough, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or pneumonia
less digestive problems like constipation, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, preterm necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), or gastroesophageal reflux
fewer ear infections
The baby has better vision because of nutrients
lesser risk of Sudden Infant Syndrome
lesser chance of infant mortality
lesser chance of hospitalizations
has antioxidants, antibodies, enzymes, immune properties
contains substances that soothe infants naturally
less likely to be obese
convenient and readily available
builds mother and baby bond
Benefits for moms
You're mistaken if you think only babies benefit since they have the liquid gold. Moms have benefits too!
faster weight loss during the post-partum period
helps burn calories
less post-partum bleeding
lesser chance of anemia
lesser chance of having Post-partum depression
fewer Urinary tract infections
reduces stress and promotes feelings of positivity
lesser work and expense (buying and cleaning bottles)
enables skin-to-skin contact, builds a strong bond with the baby
lesser chances of cancers
lesser chance of getting diabetes or hypertension
lesser chance of developing osteoporosis
If you are undecided yet on whether to breastfeed or not, you still have time to decide until the end of your pregnancy journey. For more breastfeeding tips, see our blog: Struggling To Breastfeed? Get more milk with these tips. Breastfeeding may not be easy, but we should consider all the benefits we can get from it and how healthy our baby can be once we choose this path.
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