The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both the Mother and the Baby.
Breastfeeding is the process of feeding a baby breast milk, usually directly from the mother’s breast. It’s also called nursing. Many medical experts strongly recommend breastfeeding exclusively (this means no baby foods, water, fruits, or juice)for the first 6 months of the baby’s life. Breastmilk is the best food for infants. It is safe, clean, and contains antibodies that help protect against many common childhood illnesses. After the introduction of other foods, it is recommended to continue to breastfeed throughout the baby’s first year of life.
Breastfeeding is a personal choice, it solely depends on the mother and child. Newborn babies are fed frequently. And the time may vary as they grow older.
Benefits of breastfeeding: To The Baby
- Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for babies. It contains an almost perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat — everything your baby needs to grow.
- It is easily digested by the baby.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. It boosts the immune system.
- Experts say breastfeeding plays a role in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Breastfeeding lowers the baby’s risk of having allergies or asthma.
- It is also believed that breastfeeding decreases the risk of diabetes, obesity, and some other cancers.
- Breastfeeding increases bonds between the mother and child.
Benefits of breastfeeding: to the mother
- Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster.
- It decreases postpartum bleeding
- It prevents the chances of anemia in mothers
- It allows the uterus to go back to the pre-pregnancy size.
- Breastfeeding produces the naturally soothing hormones oxytocin and prolactin that promote stress reduction and positive feelings in the nursing mother.
- Breastfeeding mothers learn to read their infant’s cues and babies learn to trust caregivers. This helps shape the infant’s early behavior.