The Benefits Of Breastfeeding (20 Healthy Benefits)
The National Board of Health recommends that the woman fully breastfeeds (ie that the baby is exclusively fed breast milk) until the baby is 6 months old, and then breastfeeding continues partially until the baby is at least 12 months old.
Some women do not want to breastfeed, which of course must be respected. For other women, fortunately, a few, the conditions for one reason or another do not allow them to breastfeed. In both cases, of course, it is important to keep in mind that the good mother is NOT breastfeeding and that bottle feeding is a great alternative to breastfeeding. But if you have a desire to establish breastfeeding, you must know that in the vast majority of cases it can be done (with more or less hard work, of course!).
Breast milk is the only 100% natural, complete and complex nutrition for infants. It is just as important a factor as the special bond that is forged between mother and child during breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is not only a convenient and free way to nourish your baby, it is also a way to give your baby peace of mind, relieve pain, and reduce their stress levels. Also, there are some health benefits associated with breastfeeding, for both you and your baby:
The Benefits Of Breastfeeding
- Breast milk is the most optimal way to nourish your baby, as breast milk constantly adapts to your baby’s current needs.
- Colostrum contains large amounts of hormones and growth factors that stimulate the maturation of your baby’s intestinal system. Besides, colostrum in particular is filled with antibodies, which coat the inside of the intestinal system so that bacteria do not penetrate the intestine, and the risk of disease is therefore reduced.
- Research indicates that breastfeeding has a preventive effect on the baby against several diseases and infections such as diarrhea, otitis media, respiratory infections, allergies, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
- At the same time, it is suggested that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of both type 1 and 2 diabetes, obesity, and childhood leukemia.
- Breastfed infants appear to have better cognitive development, higher IQ, and better vision.
- It further suggests that breastfeeding may have a health benefit for the breastfed by protecting against breast cancer and possibly also ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes.
To optimize the chances of a successful breastfeeding process, it may be a good idea to prepare for breastfeeding, as breastfeeding, quite unexpectedly for many, can cause several problems, especially in the beginning.
Benefits For The Baby
- Breast milk contains everything your baby needs: proteins, fats, lactose, vitamins, iron, minerals, water, and enzymes in exactly the amounts needed for optimal growth and development.
- Breastfed babies are healthier. Breast milk contains substances that prevent harmful bacteria from growing in the intestines and cause gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea.
- Breastfed babies have fewer middle ear infections, fewer respiratory infections, and a lower risk of developing allergies, cancer, childhood diabetes, and obesity.
- Children who are breastfed have a lower risk of cot death.
- Breast milk is clean, free of bacteria, and has anti-infective properties.
- Breast milk has the right temperature and does not need to be prepared. It is available as soon as your child needs it.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, eczema, and other allergic problems later in life.
- Breastfeeding promotes brain development. Research shows that breastfed children have better visual development and perception.
- Breastfeeding is about more than food. It strengthens the emotional bond between the child and the mother, and it is a source of warmth, love, and tenderness.
Benefits For The Mother
- Breastfeeding counteracts postpartum hemorrhage and reduces the risk of anemia (anemia)
- Breastfeeding helps the mother regain her normal weight after birth.
- Breastfeeding delays the return of fertility, but should not be seen as contraception. Breastfeeding has a protective effect against several types of cancer, for example, breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.
- Breastfeeding mothers often experience greater cohesion with their children.
- Breast milk is always at hand and saves time, money, and energy.