Benefits of breastfeeding for Mom and baby

Breastfeeding is very healthy for babies, and there really is nothing better than Mom’s milk. But, did you know that breastfeeding is also great for Mom?

Benefits of breastfeeding for your baby

Breastfeeding is strongly recommended and supported by all medical authorities, but it will always remain a personal choice. Here’s why you should consider breastfeeding:

 

  • Mother’s milk is the perfect baby food that adapts to the baby’s needs. It has the optimal mix of protein, fat and vitamins needed for your baby’s development.
  • Breastmilk is easier to digest than baby formula, so you can count on fewer colic scenarios and tummy aches.
  • Breastmilk boosts your baby’s natural immunity because it contains antibodies that fight of infections, bacteria and viruses. Babies who were exclusively fed with mother’s milk have fewer respiratory and ear infections.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of asthma and allergies.
  • Some professional studies show that breastfed babies have higher IQ scores later in life.
  • Babies fed exclusively with breastmilk have reduced risk of developing eczema, Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, high blood pressure, Crohn’s disease, later in life.
  • Breastfed babies have better weight control once they get older, and rarely become overweight children.
  • Breastfeeding your daughter can reduce her risk of developing a breast cancer by 25%.
  • Your milk will constantly adapt to your baby’s needs. When it’s hot outside, milk will contain more water, or when your baby is sick, you will produce immune-boosting milk.
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Also, better immunity means fewer trips to the doctor.

 

Benefits of breastfeeding for Moms

  • Breastfeeding helps you lose weight. If you are having issues with shedding baby weight, turn to breastfeeding. You can burn more 500 to 1000 calories per day when you breastfeed.
  • Moms who breastfeed have a reduced risk of Diabetes (type 2).
  • It’s scientifically proven that babies who listen to mother’s heartbeat (like they do when they’re nursing), bond faster with their mothers.
  • If you had a natural birth, you may experience uterine bleeding, and oxytocin – the hormone that is released during breastfeeding – can help your uterus return to its size before pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as osteoporosis. Moms who breastfeed for 8 years have almost 0% chance of developing breast cancer.
  • It’s cheaper to breastfeed than to buy baby formula.
  • It’s much easier to just naturally feed your baby than to spend time sterilizing bottles, warming the milk to the optimal temperature, and measure the formula. Your breasts are always ready to provide sufficient nutrients for your baby at optimal temperature.

 

Fun facts about nursing

Did you know that:

  • There’s a reason why your right breast might appear larger than the left – your right breast produces more milk than the left one.
  • Your breasts can detect your baby’s body temperature fluctuation, and will adjust the milk temperature accordingly so that you can cool down or heat up the baby as needed.
  • Mothers who breastfeed their babies sleep 45 minutes more every night than moms who feed their babies with formula.
  • Producing milk is hard work for the body (and that’s why you shed more weight) – producing milk consumes 25% of your body’s energy.

 

So, armed with the facts above – what are your thoughts or questions about breastfeeding? We’d love to hear from you – talk to us in the comments!