How Breastfeeding proves to be beneficial for both you and your Baby

Why is Breastfeeding important?

It is recommended that a newborn baby should be exclusively breastfed within the first hour of birth till the age of 6 months. Mother’s milk is sufficient for the healthy growth of the baby till 6 months of age. Breastfeeding is a natural process where the newborn baby will suckle on its own when the breast is offered. It is clean and safe to offer the newborn.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

Every mother with a newborn must know that there are multiple benefits associated with breastfeeding.

1. Reduces Risk of infections

Breastfeeding provides the baby with a stronger immunity to fight infections and diseases such as –

  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Diarrhoea
  • Asthma
  • Type-1 diabetes
  • Serious cold, ears or throat infections
  • Reduced instances of intestinal tissue damage
  • Helps to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

2. Breastmilk is rich in antibodies–

The first milk from the mother is called colostrum. This is rich in nutrients and antibodies which gives the baby protection against nose, throat and intestinal infections. Breastmilk has high amounts of immunoglobins which is the baby’s first natural immunization. These antibodies are not present in formula milk.

3. High nutritional value –

Breastmilk has the right amounts of proteins, fats and lactose. It is sufficient to cater to the baby’s nutritional requirements. Till the age of 6 months, only breastfeeding is advised. Your baby will thrive on it and will not need water or other fluids.

4. Promotes healthy weight –

Breastfeeding is associated with promoting healthy weight in babies and preventing obesity in the first few years of childhood and adolescence. It is also associated with lower blood pressure in adulthood.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother

You will be surprised to know that breastfeeding has great benefits for the mother as well.

1. Protection against Diseases –

Several studies have shown that mothers who breastfeed are less prone to the following diseases-

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases like High blood pressure and high cholesterol

2. Lower Risk of Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression can develop after the delivery. It affects many new mothers and is a common problem. However, research has shown that mothers who breastfeed are less likely to undergo postpartum depression.

3. Lose weight faster –

Breastfeeding helps mothers lose weight faster as it consumes a lot of calories. It releases the hormone oxytocin which helps to bring your uterus back to normal size and may reduce the bleeding after delivery.

4. Saves Time and Money –

You will not spend any penny on breastmilk. It also will give you the ease of feeding anywhere. Breastfeeding will save you a lot of money when compared to formula milk. You do not have to worry about sterilising the bottles and teats. Breastmilk is hygienic and safe to give anywhere to your baby.

Facing Issues? Consult a Lactation Expert Now

Now that you have learnt about the benefits of breastfeeding for both your baby and you, it is important to note that the breastfeeding journey may not be easy for everyone. If you are facing latching issues or you are experiencing excruciating pain in your nipples, you must consult an experienced and professional lactation expert.

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1. How many times should I breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is always done on demand. A baby will usually cry when hungry. First 3 months you should be breastfeeding every 2-3 hours. The time reduces as the baby grows older.

2. How will I know if my breast milk is sufficient?

Breastmilk has all the nutrients required for a baby’s well-being. However, if you feel that the supply is less then, consult a lactation consultant for proper advice.

3. I am having pain while breastfeeding. What to do?

You should consult a certified lactation consultant who will guide you on the proper latching of the baby.

4. My baby is not latching properly, what should I do?

It takes a few days initially after birth to get the baby latched. However, if the issue persists then you must consult a lactation expert for further investigation.

5. How long should I breastfeed?

Breastfeeding should be done exclusively for the first 6 months of age.

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