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5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is A Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is A Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is A Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is A Good Idea

Breastfeeding your baby is a deeply personal decision that has set many online forums and living rooms on fire. Expressed milk or natural? Exclusive or mixed with formula? Then there are the challenges that breastfeeding poses to working women, and the divisive debate over breastfeeding in public. Every argument has its loyal and very vocal tribe of supporters.

No matter which side of the breastfeeding debate you identify with, the one thing all moms and doctors agree on is that breast milk is really good for your baby! In fact, breast milk is so good for your baby that medical authorities across the globe, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization, strongly recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months at the very least.

A complex fluid, breastmilk is dynamic and finely tuned to fulfill the child’s needs as he/she grows. Colostrum, the first fluid expelled from the breast is high in protein, antibodies, and carbohydrates. It’s your baby’s first food, and it delivers the perfect cocktail of all essential nutrients and immunity boosting Leukocytes. After around 3 days, the real “breastmilk” starts flowing and becomes the main source of nutrition for the growing baby.

The benefits of breastfeeding are extensive and well documented. And not only is breastfeeding the healthiest thing you can do for your baby, it is also beneficial for the mother. Here are the top 5 benefits of breastfeeding:

 

Fewer Infections

A baby on an exclusive diet of breast milk typically suffers fewer colds, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections and several other types of infections. The antibodies present in the mother’s milk are a perfect defense for a host of viruses and bacteria.

 

Great for Baby’s Digestion

A baby’s digestive problems can last years and cost you and the baby many hours of sleep and several doctor’s visits. Breast milk is easier to digest compared to formula and is known to protect the baby against Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and celiac disease.

 

Reduced Risk of Contracting Certain Diseases

Breastfed babies are less likely to develop Type I and II diabetes and chances are that they will not be overweight or obese during childhood and as adults.

Research also suggests that 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding can give your child life-long health benefits. They are less prone to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease as adults and even have minimalized risk of certain cancers such as lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkins Disease.

 

Reduced Risk of SIDS

Breastfeeding is also associated with a lowered risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). While the reasons behind this correlation are unclear, a large-scale study by the University of Virginia School of Medicine concluded that breastfeeding even for two months cuts the risk of SIDS by half.

 

Benefits for Moms

Mothers who breastfeed often have a reduced chance of contracting ovarian and breast cancer. Nursing your baby also helps the uterus return to its normal size and reduces uterine bleeding after the delivery.

Of course, spending time cuddling your baby develops that special mother-child bond AND helps you shed all of that pregnancy weight fast!

 

There is no doubt that a mother will do whatever it takes to give her child a strong and healthy start in life. Breastfeeding is the first and most important gift you can give your child, so whether you choose to take on this responsibility for a couple of years or are unable to continue beyond the first few months, we are sure it’s a decision you will not make lightly.

Similar to the mother’s milk, there is one other nature’s gift that can help your child for decades to come: your newborn’s cord blood cells. Banking these is akin to signing up for long-term health insurance, giving your child a chance to defeat a whole host of life-threatening diseases.

If you would like to learn more about what cord blood banking is and how it can help your baby and your family, then do read – We Answer The Top Five Questions About Cord Blood Banking

 

 

  1. https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/breastmilk-composition
  2. https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Breastfeeding/Pages/Benefits-of-Breastfeeding.aspx

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nursing-basics#1

 

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