The Benefits of Breastfeeding
How Breastfeeding Benefits Baby
Did you know that breast milk contains the perfect amount of nutrients specifically made for your baby?
When your baby was in the womb, your body knew just what to do to help your tiny human grow and after your baby is born your body still knows what to do!
YOUR breast milk creates the exact nutrients YOUR baby needs.
Your body is hard at work producing the right amounts of protein, fat, sugar, vitamins, etc.
The only vitamin your baby may not be getting enough of is vitamin D. Most pediatricians will recommend vitamin D drops.
Breastfed babies are less likely to have weight gain problems later in life.
Babies that are breastfeeding learn how to stop eating once they have satisfied their hunger. This helps them develop good eating habits.
Just like getting the right amounts of nutrients, also passed to the baby are higher amounts of beneficial gut bacteria and leptin. These two things help regulate fat storage and appetite.
Fighting antibodies in breast milk protect your baby from getting sick.
When momma is exposed to any kind of virus or antibody our bodies naturally start producing antibodies to protect us. Those antibodies are transferred to the baby through breast milk.
Then those antibodies live in your baby protecting them from getting sick.
Who doesn’t want a healthy, happy baby?
It lowers the risk of so many diseases.
Breastfeeding lowers the risk of spinal meningitis, type 1 diabetes, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, allergies, eczema, ear infections, respiratory infections and so many more!
Breastfed babies have a higher IQ.
Studies have been done that show babies who are breastfed have a higher IQ.
This is believed to be because of skin-to-skin touch and eye contact breastfed babies receive.
Breastfeeding Benefits Mom Too
Drop that baby weight!
I think the benefit that most excites moms is that breastfeeding helps with weight loss.
While the body is busy producing milk, mom is burning calories!
This explains why breastfeeding moms are always hungry! It’s because we are constantly burning calories.
Have a quicker healing and recovery time.
Oxytocin is released when you breastfeed, which helps the uterus contract and shrink back to prepregnancy size.
This also helps with postpartum blood loss.
Keep Aunt Flow on vacation for a while when you breastfeed.
When you breastfeed 24/7 ovulation is delayed which means you won’t be having your period anytime soon.
Every woman is different though so this isn’t guaranteed. Your period may return if you go an extended amount of time without nursing.
Most women who exclusively breastfeed won’t see their period return until around 6 months when a baby starts getting different foods introduced into their diet.
Mothers are less likely to be depressed.
Postpartum depression is very real. Statistics have shown that 121 million women are affected globally.
The oxytocin hormone doesn’t just help the uterus contract but also helps reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
Oxytocin is most commonly known as the love hormone. When the oxytocin is released it encourages bonding and nurturing. As well as helps lessen anxiety.
Breastfeeding lowers mom’s risk of disease just like it lowers your baby’s risk.
Breastfeeding reduces a women’s risk for ovarian and breast cancer.
The longer a woman breastfeeds the less likely she is to get ovarian or breast cancer.
These are just 10 Reasons!
The benefits of breastfeeding are endless. If you are lucky enough to be able to breastfeed, please do it!
Even though nursing my baby can sometimes be exhausting it is one of my favorite things to do!
No one can take breastfeeding away from me. It’s our time together to bond and has an even stronger love for each other.