Why Breastfeed: Benefits for You & Your Baby

Breast milk gives adequate nutrition to the baby. Doctors usually recommend breastfeeding for at least six months or even longer. The World Health Organization suggests breastfeeding the baby for almost two years of age. Currently, many new moms are depending on formula feeds. It's your choice whether to feed milk or not, think before you choose.

Here are some benefits of breast milk for you and your baby!

What is colostrum?

After childbirth, your breast will produce a fluid which is yellowish and thick in consistency. This is what we call colostrum. We do not skip feeding this milky fluid to the baby. The colostrum is rich in proteins and antibodies which is important for the baby.

Colostrum is the first milk!

Breast Milk has a lot of antibodies which fight against infections in newborns. Colostrum contains its antibody which forms a protective layer in the baby's nasal and digestive tract. Reports show that babies who do not feed breastmilk are prone to pneumonia and diarrhoea.

Breast Milk prevents childhood obesity. It also helps to get healthy weight gain. Breastfeeding leads to the accumulation of bacteria in the bowel area which affects fat deposition.

Studies show that breastfeeding infants are way more smarter and intelligent than others. However, a mother's milk has a significant role in the life of a newborn.

How can breastfeeding benefit you?

Breastfeeding reduces your chances to get sick. It has the amazing ability to fight infections affecting the mother. You will be free from the risk of cardiac diseases, type 2 diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and arthritis. Also, breastfeeding for a long time reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in young ladies.

It delays menstruation. Studies show that breastfeeding for a long time would pause your ovulation phase and delay the menstrual cycle. It is a plus point for you to get some quality time with your baby without any worries.

Breastmilk is your gift. You don't have to spend money and time buying formula feeds and other bottles. There is no need to warm the milk because it's always at the right and normal temperature.

Breast milk develops a strong bond between you and your baby because of skin-to-skin contact. You will produce oxytocin(the love hormone) which is responsible for love and bonding.

Effect on postpartum depression

Breastfeeding reduces the chance of postpartum depression. PPD is a serious condition. Consult a doctor if you are showing any of the symptoms mentioned below.

• Long term depression

• Loss of hope and positive thoughts

• Loss of appetite

• Irritability

• Heavy mood swings

Feed your baby with love and care.