Benefits of Breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond basic nutrition, they contain all the nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting elements that protect your baby from illness. Here are some benefits of breastfeeding:
1. A healthier baby
Your baby will be less prone to disease and infections which can be devastating to them.
2. Long-term protection
Breastfeeding your baby helps reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases like Type I Diabetes, Crohn’s disease, etc.
3. Stronger bones
Breastfeeding helps strengthen the mother’s bones as well and makes you less susceptible to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
4. Better healing post delivery
Breastfeeding helps your uterus shrink back to its normal size quicker when you breastfeed. The oxytocin released when you nurse helps the uterus shrink.
5. More effective vaccines
Research shows that breastfed babies have a better response to vaccines than formula-fed babies.