How important is it to breastfeed your baby ?

How important is it to breastfeed your baby ?

Breastfeeding is the best gift you can provide your infant. Breastfeeding the baby for the initial six months has health benefits not just for the baby nutritional source which cannot be replaced by and other food. Almost every mother can breastfeed successfully.


Here's how your baby benefits from your breast milk...


1. Early breast milk ( especially the thick, yellowish colostrum ) is like an antidote this is rich in nutrients and antibodies to guard the baby. It provides the

required nourishment in right quantities.


2. Breast milk is always ready, at the right temperature and clean for your baby


3. Breast milk is easy to digest for your baby as compared to formula milk, which is made of cow's milk.


4. It contains natural anti-bacterial properties that protect your baby from infections and improves the babies immunity.


5. It's economical - not just because it is free, but also because it help avoid medical bills later, as it helps equip your baby to fight off disease and infection.


6. It helps build a strong physical and emotional bond between you and your baby.


7. Research has shown that newborn that are breastfed longer have fewer dental cavities all through their lives.


8. Certain studies also indicate that the development is better among children who have been breastfed.


9. The incidences of pneumonia, colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies


10. Research shows that breastfed babies have a better antibody response to vaccine than formula-fed babies.


11. Breastfeeding protects baby against respiratory infections


12.Better cognitive development


Here's how you will benefit from breastfeeding too !


1. It helps burn the extra calories gained during pregnancy.


2. It reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis in later years.


3. Women who breastfeed their children have been shown to be less likely to develop uterine or ovarian cancer, and premenopausal breast cancer


4. If you suffered from gestational diabetes, it reduces the risk of you developing type 2 diabetes.


5. Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work as their babies are sick less often.


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