Breastfeeding is an essential routine in the early stages of child rearing. Make sure you do not skip this essential like many mothers do of late. Breastfeeding has immense health benefits for a child which cannot be replaced by any unnatural technique. Let us look at a few advantages:
For the baby
- Due to the anti-infective properties of breast milk, breastfed babies tend to have less incidence of or less pronounced symptoms of ear infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diarrhoea, and vomiting.
- Breastfed children have a lower likelihood of obesity according to a recent study.
- Breast milk is easily digested and so it prevents children from getting constipated.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is less common among breastfed children.
- The bond between mother and child is said to be higher after breastfeeding.
- Breastfed children stand a lower risk of juvenile diabetes.
- Breastfed children are constantly exposed to varied tastes. through their mother’s milk which makes them develop taste sensibility better.
- IQ levels are at an average of eight points higher in breastfed children.
Besides having such immense benefits on the growth of the child as well as resistance from disease, breastfeeding also has immense boon for the mother of the child as well.
For the mother
- Nursing immediately following delivery causes the uterus to contract thus lessening the risk of postpartum haemorrhage.
- The uterus of a breastfeeding mother shrinks to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
- Calories are burned while breastfeeding. It takes approximately 20 calories to produce an ounce of milk, which makes it easier for a new mother to lose weight.
These are just some of the overall health benefits of breastfeeding. These benefits have been underlined as imperative for new born babies to ensure healthier and disease-free life.