Breastfeeding is a process of feeding a baby with mother’s milk.
It is a healthy practice with various breast feeding benefits to the baby as well as the mother.
For you as a mother, it is important to obtain some information about breastfeeding and the breast feeding benefits (health, nutritional, immunological, developmental benefits).
Breasts (in female) are the organs that produce milk to feed an infant.
During pregnancy, the hormones motivate the glands that produce milk for milk production. The milk production in the breast depends on the frequency of the breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding a baby with mother’s milk provides breast feeding benefits as it is germ-free and a primary and very nutritionally food for the infant in the initial stages.
It contains all the nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fats, water, sugar, and proteins that are needed for the growth and development of the baby.
With breastfeeding, your baby will be active and have very less chances of gaining needless weight. As a result, they can be with less overweight even in their later stages in life.
It also contains complex substances and digestive enzymes that help your baby to have easy digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body efficiently. With this, there will be less gas formation.
The potential breast feeding benefit is that breast milk contains antibodies that protect the baby from bacteria and viruses and helps develop strong and healthy. In other words, breastfeeding increases the resistance power in the baby to fight against infectious diseases.
Breastfeeding reduces the occurrence of diarrhea, respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, otitis media (infection in the ear), bacteremia (bacteria in the blood stream), bacterial meningitis (bacterial infection of the meninges), botulism (paralytic disease), and necrotizing enterocolitis (infection of the intestine).
It is found from a recent research that infants who are fed with mother’s milk for a minimum of six months have very less prone to develop allergic reactions, infections and diseases such as diabetes [Diabetes Cure], cholesterol problems, cancers, asthma and inflammatory diseases.
With a continuous breastfeeding, your baby will be protected from a syndrome called sudden infant death syndrome. The occurrence of this syndrome is very high within the first of your baby’s birth.
Also, one of the breast feeding benefit is that there will be a good development of brain in your baby especially if the infant is premature.
Breastfeeding also improves your baby’s immune system. With a good immune system, your baby will be very strong and healthy and get protected from polio, mumps, tetanus, and diphtheria.
On the other hand, there are also breast feeeding benefits for mother. With breastfeeding, you will gain a strong bond with your baby. Moreover, it helps loose the weight that has gained during pregnancy. It is true that 500 calories will be used to produce milk for one day.
Your risk of developing osteoporosis will be decreased. There will be postponement in ovulation. It also helps shrink your uterus very quickly and you are less likely to develop cancers such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.