Benefits of Breastfeeding for both Mother and Baby

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Since decades it has been told that breast milk is the best food for a new born baby, till he has reached a certain age. Breast milk not only contains all the essential nutrients that is required by the child’s body, is also beneficial to the mother in many ways.

So here are some benefits of breastfeeding-

  1. A much more healthier baby-

According to doctors, the chances of cold, pneumonia and viruses are reduced in breastfed babies. Even Gastrointestinal infections such as  diarrhea, which is very common in developing countries, is also less common in breastfed babies.

  1. Protection for a long period-

Breastfeeding reduces the chances of your baby, developing chronic conditions such as celiac disease, type I diabetes  and Crohn’s disease.

  1. Strong bones-

According to studies, women who breastfeed their babies have a low chance of developing postmenopausal osteoporosis. “When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium efficiently. So while some bones, especially bones in the spine and hips, may be a little less dense at weaning, but after six months, they become more dense than before pregnancy.”

  1. The risk of SIDS decreases-

Breastfed babies have a lower risk of suffering from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

  1. Say no to weight gain-

During the breastfeeding phase, neither the mother nor the child are going to be obese.

  1. Burns calories-

Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. So if you feed your baby 20 ounces per day, then 400 calories have swept out of your body.

  1. Helps in better healing after delivery-

The oxytocin that is released when your baby is breastfeeding, helps to contract your uterus, thus reducing the blood loss of post delivery. Breastfeeding even helps your uterus to return to its normal size in about six weeks postpartum.

  1. Low risk of cancer-

Breastfeeding decreases your baby’s risks of suffering from certain childhood cancers. It even lowers down the mother’s chances of suffering from premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

  1. A feeling of satisfaction-

According to studies, new mothers feel very happy and satisfied to see their babies thrive and grow on their breast milks, alone.

  1. Acts as a custom made supply-

With time, the breast milk morphs to satisfy the child’s changing needs. Colustrum also known as the premilk, which comes into your body after the delivery, is full of antibodies, which protects your newborn child. Colustrum contained breast milk is high in proteins and low in sugar, and a small amount can satisfy your baby’s hunger for a long time. When your full milk comes in after 3 to 4 days of delivery, it is higher in both colustrum and sugar, exactly as per the requirements of the baby. This mature milk is made in a way, so that it gets digested quickly by the baby and so the baby requires frequent feeding.

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