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What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

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Breastfeeding is the one thing that a mother can do to help her child in future life as far as sickness and disease are concerned. It is the most natural and beneficial act that a mother can do for her child. Studies have shown that tremendous benefits pass from mother to child through breast milk - from the antibodies that protect the new baby at birth, to the special nutrients that protect the baby from certain childhood diseases. Absolutely nothing can duplicate the properties of breast milk. It is nature’s way of ensuring the health and quality of life for your baby. Also, a very special bond is developed between mother and child during breastfeeding.
Just some of the benefits of breastfeeding for babies include the fact that they get the most complete and highest mix of both nutrients and antibodies. As your baby grows, she has different nutritional needs - breast milk changes and keeps pace with your baby’s growth. Unlike milk formula, breast milk does not cause vomiting and diarrhea in children. It reduces the risk of colic, chronic constipation and other stomach upsets and also reduces the risk of childhood diabetes.
It gives protection against ear infections, pneumonia, kidney infections, and scepticemia. Breast fed babies are also far less likely to suffer from allergies, asthma and eczema. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome is also reduced drastically in breastfed babies. There is also a reduced risk of tooth decay as well as heart disease later in life. Antibody response to vaccines is higher and there is also a reduced risk of childhood obesity. These are just a few of the benefits to babies who are breastfed - there are many, many, more.
Mothers too, benefit greatly from breastfeeding. They are less likely to develop ovarian, breast, cervical, and endometrial cancers and a reduced risk of anemia. They are also less likely to suffer from osteoporosis later in life. One great benefit to breastfeeding is that it helps mothers reduce excess weight after giving birth and also helps the body to return to its pre-pregnancy state a lot faster. Mothers who breastfeed save a lot of money as well. Breast milk is free, and breastfed children become ill less often, thus reducing the costs of medical bills. 
These are just a few of the numerous benefits to mothers who breastfeed their babies.
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Re: What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Benefits of breastfeeding are as follows: Breastfeeding provides an ideal nutrition & is nearly a perfect mix of vitamins, minerals, and proteins, in short everything that the baby needs to grow. Breastmilk is a custom made supply, tailored according to the baby ‘ s needs. Colostrum or the first milk is high in proteins and low in sugar. After three to four days, sugar and volume also increase. Breast milk is easily digested, unlike formula milk which is not so soft on the baby’s bowel. Breastmilk contains antibodies or immunoglobulins which help the baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Colostrum especially has very high levels of protective antibodies. Breastmilk lowers the baby ‘s risk of having asthma or allergies. It helps in the formation of a protective layer on the baby’s intestinal tract. Babies who are exclusively breastfed for 6 months have fewer incidences of ear infections, respiratory diseases, diarrhoea and even meningitis. They are healthier babies. Lots of long terms studies have proved beyond doubt that breast fed babies have higher IQ scores. They are better school performers and have improved cognitive development. Breastfed babies gain adequate weight and don’t become obese.Such babies have more leptin to regulate appetite and fat.They have better-eating habits. Formula milk has more insulin too. Breastmilk provides long term protection against diabetes, cancers and hypertension. It also reduces the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Last, but not the least, breastfeeding helps in building the most beautiful bond ever, bond between a mother and her child. The skin to skin touch and the eye to eye contact help in building up this attachment which is cherished forever.So, mothers, let the bottles go to the bins and hold your baby tight, put it to your chest and begin your beautiful journey into motherhood For more details visit
singhnish2802   |   July 21, 2017 06:44 AM
Re: What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
I found it to be a wonderful experience. The bond between baby and I is so close now. As a first time mom i would recommend it, if it suits :)
valquintero   |   March 14, 2012 12:55 PM

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