Undoubtedly, breastfeeding contributes a significant amount of nutrition to babies, and this was the focus of the 2018 Breastfeeding Conference. Despite this, statistics show that there is only 30% of women in the United States who do this. Understandably, there are a few who are unable to breastfeed. However, some choose not to.
To show these mothers what they’re missing out, listed below are the benefits of breastfeeding to both moms and babies.
Provides Optimal Nutrition For Babies
Believe it or not, breast milk contains everything that a baby’s body requires in his or her first six months. This fact is most evident in the early days after birth, where the breasts supply a yellowish and thick fluid known as colostrum. Colostrum is considered the ideal first milk since it is low in sugar, high in protein, and loaded with various beneficial compounds. It also helps in the development of the newborn’s immature digestive tract.
Protection From Eczema And Allergies
If you have a family history of allergies and eczema, then it is best if you breastfeed. Soy milk formals and the proteins from cow’s milk might only trigger an allergic reaction to your baby.
Reduces Your Disease Risk
Statistics show that breastfeeding is another tool to lower the risk of getting cancer and other diseases. Studies revealed there is a link between the total time a mother spends breastfeeding and the reduced risk of acquiring ovarian and breast cancer. Also, those who do this act for more than 12 months lower their chances of getting the said diseases by 28%.
Contributes To A Vaccine’s Effectivity
Several pieces of research exhibited that milk from breastfeeding makes vaccines more effective. It is because breastfed newborns have a more robust antibody response to vaccines as compared to those formula-fed babies.
Saves Both Time And Money
As a mother, you always aim to save time and money, especially after giving birth. Remember, you won’t have to spend money on formula milk to fill in the amount your baby drinks daily. You also get to conserve your time since you won’t have to prepare the formulated milk, sterilize the bottles, and wash the used ones.