Breastfeeding your baby is a personal choice and it totally depends on you whether you want the baby to breastfeed or not. Before making a decision on this,

let me tell you, there are endless benefits of Breastfeeding for you and your baby.Let's go through them one by one in this article.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Babies

1. Best Food for Babies for at least 6 months

Breast Milk is best for babies for at least 6 months or more as it provides all the required nutrition to babies. It is the perfect food which contains immunity-boosting antibodies and also produces healthy enzymes.

2. Colostrum

Colostrum is a nutrient rich fluid, also known as the first milk which is thick and yellowish color. Colostrum which is produced immediately after giving birth
contains immune and growth factors.This cannot be replaced by Formula Milk.Baby consuming Colostrum tends to have a good immune system.

3. Low Health Issues

Breast Milk is a boon for your baby. It consists of antibodies that helps the baby fight against bacteria and viruses, keeping them healthy. Breast Milk is loaded with antibody Immunoglobulin A(IgA) which helps the baby to fight against any viruses and bacteria.Here comes the disadvantage of Formula Milk, it does not provide antibody protection in babies, hence, they tend to fall sick easy. Various health issues includes infection, pneumonia, diarrhoea etc.

4. Healthy Weight Gain

Researches show that the babies who are being breastfed maintains a healthy weight gain and are not obese.Babies who breastfeed have sufficient amount of gut bacteria which helps to maintain a healthy weight.

5. Protects Against Allergies

Proteins in Formula milk can cause allergic reactions in babies, this is an advantage with breast milk. Proteins in Breast Milk are easily digested which eliminates any allergic reactions.

6. Make Babies Smarter

Studies suggests that breastfed babies have higher IQ Level as the child grows and have less learning difficulties in later stage. Breastfeeding helps in brain development in children which helps in long term.

7. Protects against Diseases

  • Breast Milk is a complete milk for infants which helps to reduce many diseases and illness in babies. Some of which includes:
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of Pneumonia, Less Stomach Problems, Less Risk of Diarrhoea.
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of Cold and infections.
  • Breastfed babies have lower Risk of Respiratory Infections and Gastrointestinal Infections.
  • Breastfed babies, exclusively for 6 months have lower Risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • Breastfed babies have lower Risk of type 1 Diabetes and type 2 Diabetes.

8. Emotional Connection with Baby

Though Formula fed babies also form a bond with the mothers, breastfeeding and giving a physical touch to your baby helps in emotional connect giving assurance to baby and they feel safe and secure.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers

1. Breastfeeding helps the uterus to contract

During Pregnancy, the size of the uterus expands and after delivery, it returns back to its previous size. A hormone called Oxytocin, helps in that. Oxytocin increases during breastfeeding and helps the uterus contract to it's original size and shape and reduces post-delivery blood loss.

2. Less Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who breastfeed the babies have low risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

3. Less Risk of Postpartum Depression

According to a Study, women who breastfeed the baby tend to develop less risk of Postpartum Depression. Any Symptoms of Postpartum Depression should be immediately consulted with your doctor.

4. Delay Menstruation

In many cases, women who breastfeed experience delayed menstruation after child birth. This is because of release of prolactin, because of which ovulation is not triggered and hence no menstruation. This gives you a good time with your little one.

5. Less Risk of other Diseases

Breastfeeding also lowers certain risks in women like Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, Diabetes.

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