There is no doubt about it-breastfeeding is one of the best things that you can do for your child. It has been researched up, down and inside out. There are countless benefits to be had from breastfeeding your newborn, and the benefits aren’t only for your child, but also for you as well. In this article we will explore the ways that the both of you can benefit from the breastfeeding experience.
One of the biggest things that breastfeeding provides your baby with is nutrients. With vitamins, fat, and protein, your breastmilk contains everything that your little one needs to grow. In addition to the powerhouse of nutrition contained in the milk, it is also more easily digested by your baby versus traditional baby formula.
As of lately, it has been studied and found that breastfeeding may help to protect your child from becoming obese later on in life. Experts believe this is because breastfed babies are better at eating until they are full, and no longer hungry. It is believed that this leads to healthier eating habits as the children grow older.
Another great thing about breastmilk is that it can help keep your baby from getting sick. Contained within the milk are antibodies that will help your child fight off infections and bacteria. In addition to the lower risk of infections, it can also reduce your baby’s risk of developing allergies and asthma later in life.
One thing that I’m certain weights heavily on every new mother’s mind is the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed are at a lower risk of SIDS, with the risk being cut almost in half when the babies were on a diet of strictly breastmilk.
Higher IQ Scores
This is something that you may have read about as of lately. It has been found that children who were breastfed as infants tend to have higher IQ scores later on in life. Scientists have also found that the closeness often felt when breastfeeding have helped children to feel more secure.
What About Mom?
So, are there benefits for mom when breastfeeding? The answer is yes! Probably the largest benefit for new moms is that breastfeeding will help you burn extra calories, thus helping you to shed those baby pounds that much quicker! It has also been found that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of osteoporosis, ovarian and breast cancer.
It has been shown that women who breastfeed are less likely to succumb to post-partum depression. Experts believe the reason for this is the intense relaxation felt by both baby and mom during feedings. Breastfeeding your baby also stimulates your body to release the hormone oxytocin, which not only promotes feelings of nurturing and relaxation, but can also help your uterus to contract after giving birth, leading to less bleeding.
There is a bonus benefit to be had as well; since you do not have to worry about purchasing formula, cleaning bottles or measuring, breastfeeding your little one will save you considerable amounts of time and money, not to mention beautiful memories and bonding sessions that you’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime.