Pregnancy

Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding is the most beneficial and natural act a mother can do for her baby. It has been proved that during breastfeeding several health benefits are passed from mother to child. Breast Milk protects the baby from several childhood diseases. Breastfeeding has benefits that protect both the child and the mother. This article gives the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and also for child.

HEALTH BENEFITS TO BABIES WHO BREASTFEED:

  • Protection against narcotizing enterocolitis and gastroenteritis.
  • Reduced risk of childhood diabetes.
  • Infant receives the complete and optimal mix of antibodies and nutrients.
  • Reduced risk of colic, chronic constipation and other stomach disorders.
  • Reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Protection against respiratory problems, ear infections, bronchitis, blood poisoning (septicemia), kidney infections and pneumonia.
  • Protection against asthma, allergies, severity to allergic diseases and eczema.
  • Protection against botulism, meningitis, ulcerate enterocolitis, crohn’s disease and childhood lymphoma.
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay
  • Decreased risk of heart disease in future
  • Nursing promotes enhanced speech, facial structure development, enhances vision and straighter teeth.
  • Increased bone density
  • Antibody responds higher to vaccines
  • Reduced risk for iron deficiency, anemia and vitamin E.
  • Decreased risk for obesity in childhood.
  • Breast Milk destroys salmonella, pneumococcus, streptococcus, E coli, shigella and other bacteria.
  • Lower risk for rheumatoid arthritis, acute appendicitis, pyloric stenosis and inguinal hernia.

HEALTH BENEFITS TO MOTHERS WHO BREASTFEED:

  • Decreased risk of anemia
  • Less risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.
  • Protection against hip structure and osteoporosis in future
  • Develops emotional relationship and bonding with the baby.
  • Helps uterus to contract after birth to prevent postpartum bleeding
  • Helps to delay fertility
  • Helps the mother’s body to return to the pre-pregnancy state faster
  • Decreased risk of mortality for females with rheumatoid arthritis. This has been related with total lactation time.

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