Breastfeeding is a tale as old as time and the benefits to both mom and baby are, quite literally, amazing. For over 6 million years human breastmilk has been perfected just for your baby. Let’s review these amazing benefits.
Breast Benefits to Baby
- Formulated for baby’s body needs
- Less diarrhea is the most “acknowledged benefit”
- Lower mortality rates
- Easier to digest
- Obesity, diabetes, eczema, diarrhea, asthma, allergies, SIDS, and ear infections over the long term.
- Higher brain development, higher IQ
- Better eating habits over the lifespan
Breast Benefits to Mama
- Available, ready + warm
- Reduces breast + ovarian cancer risk
- Aids in weight loss (negative 500 kCal/day)
- Deep connection and bond to baby
- Physically pleasurable (oxytocin released)
- Reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and postpartum depression
- Reduces blood loss after birth
- Lowered stress levels
- Directly able to influence the health of newborn
- Little – no periods
The short term and long term benefits to baby and mom are great. Breastmilk has components that no formula company has been able to duplicate. In other words, companies can fortify cow’s milk with vitamins. They can process it and filter it so that the molecules are small, but they cannot duplicate the exact composition of breastmilk. For instance, the antibodies, digestive enzymes and healthy gut bacteria that your baby needs can only be found in you!
Additionally, who doesn’t love the built-in weight loss magic of breastfeeding for mama? You can eat nearly anything you want (within reason) and still see the pounds (or kgs) ticking down. You don’t even have to get out of bed for this kind of fat burning!
Wondering how to produce enough breastmilk before even getting started? Read How to Produce Breastmilk Like a Pro. Also, check out Rookie Mistakes New Breastfeeding Mamas Make to avoid common pitfalls in breastfeeding.
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