Breastfeeding it’s not good only for you and for your infant’s health, it also has its own perks for the environmental and economic potential for communities as well. As tensteps.org reports, the cost of artificial feeding has increased steadily over the last 10 years, also adding that since breastfeeding is nature’s way, it doesn’t create pollution, nor it costs much.
According to the reports, only in the UK, more than 73% of mothers start breastfeeding. Although some of the mothers from the other percentage chose not to breastfeed, some of them are unable to. However, one thing is for sure, if you have the possibility to choose – breastfeeding will not only save time and money but will also give you other important benefits for the health and wellbeing of the baby and yours, some of these benefits you can find below.
Here are some unequivocal benefits of breastfeeding:
1. Breastmilk helps your baby fight off viruses and bacteria
Colostrum – the first secretion you get after giving birth is particularly rich in antibodies. Every time you feed your baby, they get a healthy dose of those antibodies from you, and this dose helps them boost their immunity against bugs, ear infections, colds, respiratory tract infections, and other common childhood illnesses. Also when nursed babies get sick, they usually have fewer complications and recover faster than formula-fed babies. This because the essential nutrition that breast milk contains, is known to be protective against some these infancy and childhood infections.
2. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having allergies and some other diseases
Breastmilk contains nutrients your baby needs for growth and development and protects your baby against asthma or allergies. According to researches, nursing decreases the risk of the baby developing asthma, or food allergies later in life, and decreases rates of such diseases: type 1 and 2 diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin disease and may reduce the risk of obesity. Breastmilk also helps for a better survival during a baby’s first year.
3. Strong emotional relation
According to what scientist discovered, breastfeeding is almost as much about emotions as it is about the physical transfer of breast milk from mother to baby. The unique emotional experience strengthens maternal affection and in this way, it also helps a mother better bond with her newborn. In addition, the period after the birth is very emotional for the mom, and breastfeeding releases hormones that promote mothering behaviors that help you strengthen the emotional bond with your infant. In other ways, breastfeeding promotes a growing attachment between the two of you that will continue to play an important role in your baby’s development in the following years. Therefore the emotional bond is as vital as the nutritional benefit he receives from you. And the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), supports what was stated until now:
Breastfeeding ensures the best possible health and best developmental and psychosocial outcomes for the infant.
4. Release of Good Hormones
As the release of hormones was mentioned above, this time we will name the two good hormones released while breastfeedings – prolactin and oxytocin. While Prolactin produces a peaceful, nurturing sensation that allows you to relax and focus on your child, Oxytocin promotes a strong sense of love and attachment between you and your baby. The pleasant feelings a mother gets during this time, most of the times help her make the pleasing decision to breastfeed the following children as well.
4. Lowers mother’s risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer
The benefits of breastfeeding also appear to stay with mothers for years to come. Research has shown that nursing exclusively for six months or more lowers a woman’s lifetime risk of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Whereas researches found that In 2009, women who nursed for at least 24 months over the course of their reproductive lifespan had a 23 percent lower risk of developing heart disease.
6. Costs less to breastfeed
As American Academy of Pediatrics estimates – a breastfeeding mother will save around $400 during the first year of breastfeeding, counterparts with a formula-feed baby, that costs around $1,200.
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