Breastfeeding Has Many Advantages for Both Mom and Baby

Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for mother and child, both physically and mentally.

 

A baby who is breastfed has:

  • Higher immune capacities
  • Less gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux, and preterm NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis)
  • Fewer respiratory illnesses like whooping cough, pneumonia, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)
  • A decrease in ear infections, particularly those that harm hearing
  • Less bacterial meningitis cases
  • A reduction in retinopathy of prematurity and improved vision
  • Lower infant mortality rates
  • Less SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs. 
  • Fewer illnesses overall, fewer hospital stays
  • Up to six times fewer parents miss work than non-parents.

 

Breast milk offers a wealth of readily assimilated nutrients, immune-boosting enzymes, antioxidants, and live maternal antibodies. The mother’s more developed immune system produces antibodies to the pathogens to which she and her child have been exposed. 

 

Immunoglobulin A coats the baby’s developing intestines, preventing germs and allergens from penetrating. These antibodies get into her milk and help shield her child from disease. Additionally, infant-soothing substances are found in breast milk.

 

Children who are breastfed may grow up healthier because of:

 

  • Fewer cases of asthma, eczema, and allergies
  • Fewer childhood cancers, such as lymphomas and leukemia.
  • Lessening of type I and type II diabetes risk
  • fewer cases of Colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Lower incidences of respiratory disease
  • Fewer orthodontic and speech issues
  • Less cavity-filled
  • Less chance of childhood obesity in the future
  • Improved brain development
  • Increased resistance to infection



Both teens and adults can find life-changing benefits:

  • Less likely to develop lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Less likely to develop adult heart disease
  • Reduction in the risk of multiple sclerosis
  • Lower pre and postmenopausal breast cancer incidence rates

 

Mother’s physical health improves when she breastfeeds:

  • It helps women lose weight more quickly after giving birth by burning an additional 500 calories per day to develop and maintain a milk supply.
  • Induces the uterus to contract and shrink back to its original size.
  • Postpartum bleeding is less.
  • Lower incidence of UTIs
  • Lower likelihood of anemia
  • Postpartum depression risk is lower, and mood is happier.

 

Emotionally healthier for mum:

  • Breastfeeding causes the release of the calming hormones prolactin and oxytocin, which help the nursing mother feel happier and less stressed.
  • Greater assurance and self-worth
  • Increased serenity. Breastfeeding can support the entire family’s physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Overall, breastfed babies cry less and experience fewer childhood illnesses.
  • Many people believe that nurturing relationships during the first few years of life helps children and adults with social and behavioural issues. Mother and child bonding on a physical and emotional level is strengthened. Breastfeeding encourages more holding, stroking, and skin-to-skin contact.
  • Breastfed babies learn to trust their caregivers and their mothers learn to read their baby’s cues. This influences the infant’s early behaviour.

 

Breastfeeding may result in the following long-term benefits:

  • Lowered breast cancer risk
  • Lowered ovarian cancer risk
  • Reduced risk of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Decreased endometriosis
  • Ageing causes less osteoporosis
  • Reduced diabetes
  • A decrease in cardiovascular disease





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