The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Did you know that the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh those of bottle feeding for babies and moms alike? Although a lot of moms to be are told this before giving birth, they scoff at it, rejecting it as false information and choosing to avoid breastfeeding completely. However, it is in fact true and you have to see the benefits of breastfeeding to believe them. The information outlined here will help you a lot and give you all of the accurate information you need to be able to make up your own mind about whether the risk of bottle feeding is worth it.

Breastfeeding is a lifestyle choice but it is much more than that. It can impact upon the health of mom and baby alike. In fact, the health benefits related to breastfeeding alone should be more than enough to convince any mother that it is the best way to go. For example, it can help to prevent diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer and postpartum depression in mothers. It can also prevent a massive range of illness in the child including, but not limited to, asthma, obesity, diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), leukemia, diarrhea, ear infections, stomach viruses and respiratory infections. Of course, the benefits of breastfeeding do not end there.

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One of the major benefits of breastfeeding is that it is much easier to digest for your baby. Formula is more difficult for such a tiny stomach to handle but breastfeeding can offer food that goes down and stays down, which is why it is recommended especially for premature babies. Of course, you do not have to sterilize any equipment or spend a fortune on milk for your little one either because you have everything you need to breastfeed on you at all times.

All of the above benefits of breastfeeding owe much to the fact that breast milk is perfectly formulated by the body to offer the optimum level of nutrition that your baby needs. No formula contains cells, hormones, antibodies and nutrients to the same balance and indeed the same fantastic effect that breast milk does. Furthermore, it actually changes over time to meet your baby’s wants and needs. The first breast milk is called Colostrum and is a thick yellow liquid that is rich in all sorts of nutrients and especially antibodies to begin building up the immune system. From the moment your baby drinks that, your body will instinctively provide exactly what it needs.

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Finally, there is one final major benefits of breastfeeding you need to consider and that is the ability to bond with your child. Formula will not give you the same bonding experience that breast feeding will. If you dismiss all of the other benefits above as rubbish, this one is the ultimate benefit and the single one of the benefits of breastfeeding that is irrefutable and impossible to ignore.