Deciding how you are going to nourish and feed your baby might be one of the most important things you’ll decide when it comes to welcoming a new baby into your home. Many women choose to breastfeed. We believe that support is best and part of that includes explaining why breastfeeding is important in the first place.
Why is breastfeeding important?
There are many benefits to breastfeeding.
In short, breastmilk can help keep your baby healthy. It containes immune molecules called antibodies that destroy germs. Because of this breastfed babies have fewer colds, respiratory infections, ear infections, asthma, allergies and occurrences of influenza. It’s proven that breastfed babies also score higher on IQ tests and maintain healthier weights a they grow.
What’s more- exclusively breastfeeding for at least three months reduces the risk of juvenile diabetes (Type I) by up to 30%!
This is not to say that breastfed babies will never get sick- but it is likely that ther could be fewer doctor appointments or hospital visits because they don’t get sick as often and recover sooner than formula fed babies.
There are also benefits for the mother who breastfeeds including reduced rates of breast cancer, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer. It also can be more convenient for mothers who breastfeed because it can be done anytime and anywhere- It is always available, just the right temperature, and there is no worrying about mixing or contamination. Some women also find that breastfeeding helps them lose weight because it can burn up to 500 calories a day.
Breastfeeding helps promote a strong physical attachment and bond. It allows baby to be in their mother’s arms several times a day where close touching and skin to skin can occur more often than bottle fed babies.
Breastfeeding isn’t always easy and there can be a learning curve for both mom and baby but the important thing is to reach out to your care provider for the support and assistance you need to continue on your breastfeeding journey.
New to breastfeeding? Need a refresher for a second baby? Make sure you signup for “The Complete Online Breastfeeding Class“. This on demand class is designed to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.
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