We realize that not everyone breastfeeds, due to lifestyle choices or inability to produce milk. If you plan on breastfeeding, or do currently, here are some of the benefits.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should breastfeed for the first 6 months, exclusively. Breastfeeding not only has a lot of benefits for your baby but for you as well.
These are the top 7 benefits of breastfeeding:
1: It is the ideal nutrition for babies
Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs in the first 6 months of his life, and always in the right proportions. The truth is that the breast milk changes according to your baby needs. For example, the first fluid that your breasts produce after giving birth is called colostrum. This is filled with a lot of protein, low in sugar, among other beneficial compounds. After a few days, new moms will notice that they are producing more milk because their babies need a larger amount.
Babies are extremely fragile and susceptible to bacteria and viruses. However, breast milk is able to provide them with the right antibodies to fight them.
When you are exposed to bacteria or viruses, you start producing antibodies that will pass to your baby through breastfeeding.
3: It reduces risk of disease
When you are only breastfeeding your baby:
- will be less susceptible to respiratory infections
- will have a lower probability of having a middle ear infection
- probably won't suffer from gut infections
- won't likely develop throat or ear infections or get a serious cold
- will have a decreased risk of having atopic dermatitis, asthma, and eczema
4: Helps baby to maintain a healthy weight
One of the main problems of giving formula to your baby is that they tend to contain a lot of unnecessary sugar, unlike breast milk. So, your baby would have the tendency to be overweight.
5: Lose your extra weight
When you are breastfeeding your baby, you'll most likely lose weight without making any effort. Even though you need more energy when you are breastfeeding, your hormones aren't normal yet.
Between 3 to 6 months after delivering, you'll notice weight loss.
6: Helps to contract the uterus
When you are pregnant, your uterus transforms into something huge. What basically started with the size of a pear increases to take over of almost your entire abdomen.
After delivery, your uterus will contract to go into its original size again. Usually, when you breastfeed, you will have less blood loss after the delivery and your uterus will contract faster.
7: Lower risk of depression
As you know, many women experience postpartum depression. The truth is that the period after the delivery is not easy and brings a lot of changes, especially for mom. However, women who breastfeed are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression.
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