Breastfeeding provides several benefits for both you and your baby. But the best part is the joyful bonding with your baby that occurs during the act of breastfeeding. Making the decision to breastfeed is a matter of personal choice, but today more mothers are choosing to breastfeed their babies.
Here are the 8 Major Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby:
1. Safe And Available All The Time
This is probably one of the most popular benefits of breastfeeding. You don’t have to worry about the level of hygiene or the temperature of your breast milk. It is the ONLY food that is available whenever your baby is hungry, any time of the day or night, at right quantity and right temperature.
Breast milk is found to be the best source of nutrition for you baby to grow and develop. It contains protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, fat and minerals in perfect quantities. Not just that, it’s easy for your baby to digest!
3. Protection From Illnesses
Breastfeeding protects your baby from a long list of illnesses, such as – ear infections, stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses, and diseases that strike later in life such as – diabetes, high cholesterol and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
4. Brain Power
Studies reveal that toddlers who were breastfed had higher IQ levels and performed better in academics, as compared to those who were not breastfed.
5. Good For Mothers Too!
One of the many benefits of breastfeeding is the reduced risk of breast cancers in mothers. Also, cervical cancer and osteoporosis was not found in mothers who breastfed their babies. So, it is not just the baby that benefits!
6. If Your Baby Is A Girl..
A recent research found out that girls who were breastfed are less prone to developing breast cancer later in life.
7. The Bond
The act of breastfeeding also helps you bond with your baby, and helps him/her feel secure, safe and nurtured. The availability and closeness of the mother via breastfeeding is one of the best ways to help babies grow emotionally.
8. Easy on the Budget
Without any doubt, breastfeeding saves a lot of money; hundreds or may be thousands of dollars!
Apart from the above mentioned physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, governments also promote breastfeeding because the human milk is produced and delivered to the consumer – your baby – without any unnecessary packaging, pollution or waste.