When it comes to feeding your baby, fed is best. But of course, we can’t deny the benefits of breastfeeding. Your breast milk is made up of live cells, antibodies, and growth factors that are necessary for your child’s growth.
Studies show that breastfed babies are more likely to grow up healthier. But aside from keeping your baby healthy, breastfeeding is also good for the nursing mother. Here are the benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mommy.
Breastfeeding Benefits for Baby
Brings baby closer to mommy
The skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding is essential in building a close bond between baby and mommy.
Reduces risk for infection and viruses
breastfeed babies are less likely to get sick from viruses or infections, thanks to the antibodies in breast milk.
Makes baby smarter
According to research, breastfed babies are more likely to have higher IQ scores later in life.
Makes vaccine more effective
Experts found out that nursing babies have a better antibody response to vaccines.
Lessens the risk of SIDS
Breastfed infants are less likely to suffer from sudden infant death syndrome than formula-fed babies.
Less prone to allergies
Proteins in cow milk and soy milk might trigger an allergic reaction, but proteins in breastmilk are more easily to digest for babies.
Breastfeeding Benefits for Mommy
Help shed pregnancy weight
Producing breast milk burns 300 to 500 calories a day, making the nursing mom lose weight easier without even dieting.
Helps uterus shrink to the original size
Breastfeeding triggers your uterus to go back to its pre-pregnancy size about 4 weeks faster than if you don’t breastfeed.
Lowers risk of ovarian and breast cancer
According to studies, breastfeeding mothers are less likely to contract these illnesses later in life.
Heals your body faster after giving birth
A breastfeeding mother releases oxytocin when nursing, which helps lessen blood-loss after giving birth.
Can serve as natural birth control
Mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding their infant will have delayed menstruation, which they can use as a birth control protection. However, this is not as effective as other birth control methods.
More eco-friendly and budget-friendly
Breastfeeding saves you from the high expenses of formula feeding and buying bottles, bottle sterilizer, nipples, and bottle detergent.
There’s a reason why breast milk is called ‘the golden liquid.‘ But of course, not every mother can breastfeed effortlessly. It takes knowledge, support, patience, and time to make breastfeeding work for both of you and your baby.