How Breastfeeding Benefits Mom and Baby

Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby

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Did you know that breastfeeding benefits both you and your baby?

You’ve probably heard the saying “breastfeeding is best” and there’s a reason for that. It’s the most natural thing in the world; women are built for it.

The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous for both of you but especially for your baby.

First, let’s cover how you benefit from breastfeeding your baby.

Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom

You’ll start benefiting from breastfeeding immediately by establishing a very special bond with your baby. Breastfeeding may also decrease the amount of bleeding you experience after giving birth.

One of my favorite perks for mom is that when Baby gets hungry, there’s no need to take time to prepare a bottle of formula – you are always ready and set up for mealtime.

This also means that breastfeeding is convenient. You can go out and about with your baby and feed her anytime she’s ready.

The actual process of breastfeeding releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus contract and return to its normal size more quickly.

Healthwise, breastfeeding is linked to lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer; long-term breastfeeding is linked to lower rates of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

You’ll also turn into a calorie-burning machine since breastfeeding burns up to 500 extra calories a day, helping with postnatal weight loss.

Now that you know what kind of breastfeeding benefits you can expect, let’s see why it’s good for your little one.

Breastfeeding Benefits for Baby

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The benefits your baby receives from breastfeeding are pretty significant. The convenience factor plays a role here, too, because you’re keeping Baby much more comfortable; when she’s hungry, she can eat (not to mention when she’s fussy, tired, upset, scared, etc…that’s another story!)

Breast milk is easier to digest than formula and provides complete, balanced nutrition. It has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, protein, and minerals needed for your little one’s growth and development.

As Baby grows, breast milk changes to adapt to her changing nutritional needs. If you’re pumping, you might notice that, at times, your milk is fattier than others – or lighter or darker. It’s normal and you can see for yourself how your milk changes.

Common childhood infections, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory illnesses, and allergies are all prevented because breast milk contains antibodies that protect your Baby.

Additional Breastfeeding Benefits for Your Baby:

  • Breast milk supports Baby’s gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and brain development
  • Breast milk protects against obesity and t2 diabetes
  • Breastfed infants have a lower risk of SIDS
    – any amount of breastfeeding helps
    lower this risk
  • Breast milk can help premies avoid common short- and long-term health problems like necrotizing enterocolitis and other infections

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Nursing moms will tell you the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the challenges. It’s a rewarding endeavor – you build a bond and closeness with your little one, protect them from illness, support their nutritional health and growth, and see physical benefits yourself.

This is why I plan on breastfeeding my second child. It was really hard the first time around but I loved it.

Sure, I’m nervous that this time will be just as hard, or harder, than before. But as I’m learning more and more, I’m feeling reassured. For the most part, breastfeeding is easy and comes naturally. The challenges and breastfeeding problems only affect a small percentage of nursing moms.

That’s encouraging!

I’d love to hear from you.

==>Tell me in the comments what benefits of breastfeeding resonate with you. Have you breastfed before? I’d love to know what your experience was like!

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