Many mothers are unable to breastfeed; while many don’t want to. The former can use formula milk. It is fortified with the required nutrients. However, the latter are simply depriving their babies of unique antibodies and other special elements that only a mother’s milk contains.
So, if you are a new mom, breastfeed your baby. You want to give your bundle of joy the best things in life, right? Your milk is one of them.
There are also advantages of breastfeeding during acute infections. Your body produces antibodies to fight the infection. They pass into your milk and to your baby’s body, giving her the immunity against the infection.
Here are extra ordinary benefits of a mother’s milk. No food in the world can beat it for a baby.
Extra ordinary benefits
1. Mother’s milk contains every nutrition your baby requires for her first 6 months. The only thing it does not contain is Vitamin D.
2. The first milk, which is thick and yellowish, is called colostrum. It has high levels of protein and immunoglobulin A (IgA), plus other antibodies. IgA prevents the baby from getting sick by forming a lining in her digestive system, throat, and nose. It reduces risk of diabetes, celiac diseases, and allergies later in her life.
3. Study shows that breast-fed babies have more friendly gut bacteria and more leptin, and low risk of obesity.
4. Breastfeeding encourages proper brain development of your baby. It decreases risk of learning and behavioral problems later in life.
5. You may find it difficult to lose weight in the first 3 months after childbirth. But, if you are breastfeeding, it can help you in losing weight after 3 months.
6. When you breastfeed, oxytocin production increases in your body. This hormone triggers uterine contractions. It decreases blood loss after childbirth. It also helps your uterus to return to its original size after delivery.
7. Breastfeeding women show less chances of developing postpartum depression. This is due to the increased level of oxytocin hormone in their body.
8. Ladies who breastfeed for more than a year were found to have a 28 per cent lesser risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They also keep other diseases at bay.
9. When you breastfeed regularly, you may not get your periods for the first few months. This is because it pauses ovulation. This is nature’s way of preventing another pregnancy soon after and giving your body ample time to heal completely. However, please do not consider it as a natural contraceptive.
10. Breastfeeding is an inexpensive way to feed your baby. You save money, as you need not buy formula mixes. You also save hassle, as you need not warm and clean bottles or calculate daily needs of your baby.
11. Breast milk is Mother Nature’s “ready-to-eat” food for a baby. It is at the right temperature for the baby and absolutely fresh.
12. Breastfeeding lets you put your feet up. You can relax and bond with your baby while she latches on you.
There is no match for breastfeeding. Don’t miss this golden opportunity that nature provides you to de-stress and give your baby the best right from the beginning of her life.