Breast milk is the best source of nutrients for babies. It contains a
relatively ideal balance of vitamins, protein, and fat, providing your baby
with all he or she requires to develop. And it's all in a more readily
digestible way than baby formula.
Let's find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding for mom
The nursing process can be challenging and too excruciating to keep up
with. But you'll be surprised to know that both the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health
Organization (WHO) recommend mothers to breastfeed their babies
for six months exclusively.
The AAP and WHO advise continuing breastfeeding
for at least the first year, with new foods introduced
at six months. After that one year, mothers are advised to follow the
"don't ask and don't refuse" strategy.
This means if the child wants to continue nursing, they can ask for it and
you can breastfeed them, however, avoid asking them to breastfeed. This
way, both the mother and the child can withdraw without having to
experience any challenges.
Let's now take a look at the perks of breastfeeding:
Breast Milk Is Rich with Antibodies
Immunoglobulins are antibodies found in colostrum and breast milk. They are
a form of protein that helps a mom to pass on immunity to her
A breastfeeding woman's body produces different antibodies passed on by her
breast milk whenever mom is exposed to viruses and bacteria. Milk contains
environment-specific antibodies, while the formula does not.
Donor milk does have antibodies but fewer antibodies than mother's milk,
most likely due to the pasteurization process needed when milk is donated.
Breastfeeding Can Make Your Baby Smarter
Studies show breastfed children have more significant levels of
intellectual capacity. Breastfeeding in babies helps to boost brain
Breastfeeding May Help Prevent Obesity
Breast milk may improve your youngster's health in later years by reducing
the risk of being overweight. According to the concept, breastfeeding
mothers become responsive to signs that their baby is full and do not
Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS by 60 percent.
This protective effect increases the longer the baby is breastfed and if
the baby is exclusively breastfed.
Breastfeeding for Cancer Prevention
Breastfeeding gives your infant advantages. But it also helps your health!
Breastfeeding can reduce your breast cancer risk. The longer you breastfeed
your baby, the stronger your resistance against the disease.
Want a smaller waist after baby? Breastfeeding will make
it possible for you!
Breastfeeding for at least six months results in a smaller waist and a
smaller hip circumference for mothers, even 15 years after delivery.
Breastfeeding helps to burn around 500 extra calories every day,
consequently helping you drop the baby weight more quickly.
Breastfeeding lowers the risk of Postpartum depression.
After giving birth, 20% of mothers go through postpartum depression. But
breastfeeding can help lower the rates of postpartum depression for up to
four months after giving birth. The act of nursing also allows moms to
recover faster from these symptoms.
Breastfeeding has challenges but breast is best for many
reasons! It has health benefits for both yourself and your baby!
Working with a lactation consultant improves the length
of the exclusive breastfeeding so reach out to a lactation counselor if you
are experiencing challenges with breastfeeding to get the support you need.
Remember as a MaternalWell member you have a 30% discount on 1-to-1
telehealth consultations with any specialists, so take advantage of that
and book a virtual lactation counselor visit to support your breastfeeding
goals! As always, contact our text support for any general questions!