Breast milk is the best food for babies. Doctors recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months, starting as soon as the baby is born. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby are numerous. Although there are other options for moms, you should breastfeed if you can.
Here are the benefits of breastfeeding
Breast milk is nutritious
The nutritional value of breastmilk for babies is enormous. It has proteins, vitamins, and fat that your baby needs to grow. It also has antibodies that help your baby fight infections. It highly reduces your baby’s risk of getting illnesses.
Breastmilk is safe
Breastmilk is the safest food for babies. It is clean and does not contain any harmful substances that might harm the baby. This is not the same case with bottle feeding as milk may get contaminated which may pose a danger for the baby.
It is a great way to bond
Time spent breastfeeding is time that is used to bond with your baby. It brings you closer and gives you time to interact. The physical closeness, eye contact, and skin-to-skin touch with your baby grows your bond.
Children who are breastfed perform better on IQ tests. They are also less likely to develop behavioral problems or have learning difficulties.
Lower risk of depression
Moms who breastfeed have lower risks of developing postpartum depression, compared to those who don’t. Moms who experience depression should talk to their doctors as they are more likely to have trouble breastfeeding.
Can help you lose weight
Breastfeeding has also been proven to help some moms lose weight. This is because milk production burns calories which makes losing weight easier for nursing moms.
With the many benefits associated with breastfeeding, it is worth considering. It plays a crucial role in your baby’s growth, health and development.
By Beth Mugo