How do we even begin to discuss the ever-wonderful benefits of breastfeeding, and how vital it is to babies and the mothers? Breastfeeding ensures the maintenance of a healthy weight, brain development, abundance of antibodies which help to treat various illnesses such as intestinal tissue damage, respiratory tract infection, cold, middle ear infection, celiac disease, leukemia, gut infection and many others. We haven’t even mentioned benefits such as its ability to lower the risk of infections, and its bone-strengthening effect. Breast milk contains lots of nutrients that promote a baby’s health and prevent various infections, ensuring a healthy growth. What’s more? Breastfeeding protects their delicate bodies and reduces their vulnerabilities to food allergies. It reduces the body weight of mothers, and wards off depression. In a more detailed manner, let’s see the benefits of breastfeeding.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both Baby and Mom
It’s Got Antibodies
Your newborn needs to battle infectious bacteria and viruses, and s/he can’t do it without help. Breastmilk contains plenty of antibodies including colostrum which can make this a successful battle. It provides high amounts of immunoglobulin to protect your baby’s health by forming a protective layer around the throat, digestive system, and nose. What else? It strengthens the immune system of an infant. And of course, a strong immunity is needed to treat various illnesses. Respiratory tract infection, colds, inflammatory bowel syndrome, intestinal tissue damage, gut infections, celiac disease, middle ear infections, and childhood leukemia will all be challenges you won’t need to worry about when you breastfeed your child. Did you know that baby-milk formula does not provide antibody protection? That is a reason infants who aren’t breastfed are prone to many and any health challenge.
Nutritious Baby Meal
It Combats Depression
This is quite a complex one, as some women lose weight effortlessly, whereas others do not observe any significant change in their weight.
However, after about three months of lactation, most women are likely to burn fats faster.
Breastfeeding Lowers the Risk of Cancer
Surprised? Don`t be. Precautionary steps can be taken to protect babies against cancer, and this includes breastfeeding. Breast-milk reduces the risks associated with certain cancers. It also wards off symptoms that contribute to premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding Maintains Healthy Weight
It Supports Uterus Contract
It Lowers Risks of SIDS
Interesting Facts about Breastfeeding!
Here are not-so-known facts about breastfeeding which you really need to know. Let`s take a quick look.
- Studies have shown that make children drink more breastmilk per day, on average than girls
- In order to effectively build up a freezer stash of milk, the best time to pump is about an hour after your baby’s first morning feed.
- About 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie which can impede a breastfeeding latch, and it’s more common in boys. Frenectomy is the technical name of the procedure used to correct it.
- Taking a few deep breaths, and looking at a picture or video of your baby can help with letdown when you have problems pumping.
Did you Know?
Let`s discuss in details, more facts about this life-sustaining act called breastfeeding.
Your Diet can Influence the Composition of your Breast Milk
Even though the nutrients you have stored up during pregnancy will make your breastmilk nutritious and balanced to meet all of your baby’s needs, some nutrients will be influenced by your diet. The proportion of fatty acids, vitamins, and elements such as iodine and selenium vary according to your diet. Fatty acids in your breastmilk can make your baby develop certain allergies. Eating a wide variety of natural foods will boost your body nutrients, and positively affect your breast milk
Milk Production is Controlled by the Hormone that Controls Orgasms
Isn’t this amazing? Oxytocin, the hormone which causes the muscles in milk ducts to contract, and produces milk is the same hormone that’s released during labor and childbirth. That’s not all, it is also effective in sexual reproduction and controls the muscle movements in orgasms.
To complement this fact, some women report that the hormonal “up-and-down” that accompanies breast milk production can make them feel sleepy, while others might experience nausea or weakness. Is nature not just a wonder?
Any Side Effects?
Yes, there are. As essential as breastfeeding is, it’s got side effects. Let`s talk about them.
Being agitated or angry are some of the emotional outcomes of breastfeeding after a while. There’ll be times you won’t just feel like it. But you know you’ve got to do it. Don’t feel strange. Breastfeeding does trigger a range of intense emotions.
Your body when breastfeeding may feel entirely different. You may be rounder and curvier. Or you may be thinner than your pre-pregnancy days. Your breasts will sometimes leak at “wrong” times. You may even wake up in the middle of the night with your breasts full and aching. Not to worry, you’re nurturing a life. It’ll all be joyous after all.
Breastfeeding, really, is a great idea. You want your children to grow to be the best they can, don’t you? Really, we should raise children that’ll grow up healthy and brainy.
Did you, at any point while reading this article wish you did better with breastfeeding? Well, you probably felt so because you wished you knew better at the time. Here’s an opportunity to reduce future regrets. Tell someone about the importance of breastfeeding.