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Six benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and child

Breastfeeding is not only beneficial to the baby but to the mother as well. It has a perfect mix of proteins, fats and vitamins which provides an ideal nutrition for infants. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding to babies till they are six months of age, and should be continued along with appropriate complementary foods till they are two years or beyond.

Here are six benefits that breastfeeding provides to you and your little one:

1. The perfect nutrition for your baby

Breast milk has everything that your baby needs to grow. It is an ideal mix of protein, fats and vitamins- all present in a form that your baby will be able to digest easily as compared to the formula milk. It’s composition keeps changing as the baby grows to suit his nutritional needs.

2. Strengthens the bond between mother and baby

This is cited as one of the most important benefits of breastfeeding. As breastfeeding involves skin-to-skin contact it increases the level of oxytocin that encourages bonding. This emotional bond is as important as the nutritional benefit the baby receives.

3. Helps fight off infections

Breast milk contains high amounts of antibodies that help your baby fight off bacteria and viruses. It forms a protective layer in the baby’s nose, throat and digestive tract- protecting him from getting sick. It also lowers the risk of getting allergies, asthma, infections, and respiratory illnesses.

4. Helps promote healthy weight in the child and may help mother lose weight

Breastfeeding promotes healthy weight in children and helps prevent childhood obesity later in their life. No just your baby, but you can also immensely benefit from breastfeeding your baby. After three months of birthing, you may start experiencing fat burning in their bodies.

5. Helps the uterus to contract

During pregnancy, the uterus grows immensely to make room for the growing fetus. Breastfeeding releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus to shrink back to it’s normal size more quickly.

6. Makes you less prone to diseases

Breastfeeding also contributes to the well-being of the mothers and reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. 4 There have been various studies that also show that breastfeeding protects you from metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that increases your chances to heart problems and other health conditions.

Breastfeeding is a natural act, but it’s also a learning process for you and your baby. Breast milk is recommended as it contains antibodies that boost the baby’s immunity. It can bring wonders to both you and your little one.

So take your time, relax, sit back, and enjoy the precious bonding with your newborn.

Disclaimer: Indian Health Bureau does not claim any responsibility for the information contained in this article. The information may not hold good for everyone. The post is for general awareness only and should not be construed as a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Please consult your doctor to know what is good for you.



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