Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

Many medical authorities strongly recommend breastfeeding. Breast milk is widely acknowledge as the most complete form of nutrition for infants with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development. However, making decision to breastfeed is a personal matter that you have to decide. Here are some benefits that will help you decide to breastfeed.

Baby Benefits

Breast milk is ideal nutrition for your baby. It has mix of vitamins; protein, fat and everything that your infants needs to grow. Breast milk is easier to digest than any other milk formula. It contains antibodies that help your baby fight virus and bacteria. It reduces baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. It is believes that babies who are breastfed have fewer change to have ear infection, respiratory illness and bout diarrhea. Studies also show that breastfeed had been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood. Breastfeeding helps your baby feel secure. Babies that breast milk are more likely to gain the right amount of weight compared to babies taking formula milk. Breastfeeding prevents sudden infant death syndrome according to AAP.

Mother Benefits

Study shows that breastfeeding burns calories; it helps reduce your pregnancy weight faster, because it releases the hormone oxytocin. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of having breast and ovarian cancer. It also lowers risk of osteoporosis. Most importantly breastfeeding provides you time to bond with your baby.

Please also note that breastfeeding has economic advantages, it’s cheaper than buying formula milk and helps avoid medical bills because it provides your baby fight disease and infection. New parents should be well advised to learn all about the pros and cons of breast milk and formula.

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