Breastfeeding is practiced by most others after they give birth. Breastfeeding is the feeding of milk to infants through a mother’s breast. According to a study, a human’s milk is a living fluid. It helps protect babies from diseases and it also helps contribute to every system of a baby’s body development. Breastfeeding also helps stimulate a baby’s immune system thus protecting babies from infection and diarrhea. While a woman is pregnant, her body prepares for breastfeeding. With this, the fatty tissue found in a woman’s breast is then replaced with glandular tissue which is vital to producing milk. The hormone oxytocin is released as the baby suckles the breast. Breast milk is considered to be the perfect food for an infant since it contains all the necessary nutrients that a baby needs to stay healthy and grow such as:
- Proteins – Breast milk has whey which is simpler to digest compared to formula.
- Taurine – An amino acid found in breast milk that helps in the development of brain tissues.
- Fats – Breast milk has omega-3 fatty acids which is vital for growth and development of the nerve tissue and brain.
- Sugars – Breast milk has a milk sugar called lactose that provides energy.
- Vitamins and Minerals – Breast milk province an infant the most balanced source of vitamins and minerals.
- Immune System Boosters – Immune system boosters such as immunoglobulin and white blood cells that are responsible for fighting and destroying infection are found in breast milk.
The content of breast milk varies per feeding, number of times per day and as the baby grows. There are a lot of benefits that a baby can get from breastfeeding. These are:
- Promotes jaw and facial structure development
- Lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Reduced risk of breast cancer (for female infants that have been nursed)
- Promotes normal weight gain
- Improved digestion
- Less constipation
- Promotes bonding between mother and child
- Decreased risk of diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and other types of spinal meningitis
- Decreased risk in food allergies and eczema
- Higher intelligence
- Increased immunity
- Low incidence of respiratory infections and ear infections
Not only does the baby benefit from breastfeeding but the mother too. Mothers who practice breastfeeding may also delight in a lot of benefits such as:
- Quicker postpartum recovery
- Protection from osteoporosis
- Reduced risk of ovarian, uterine and breast cancers
- Natural contraceptive – breastfeeding for straight six months may cause delayed fertility
- Relaxation – during breastfeeding, a woman’s body produces oxytocin, a hormone that induces a content and cool feeling
- Saves time and money – breast milk is cheaper than formula and doesn’t need time to prepare
- Helps the environment – breast mill helps the environment since there are no cans to dispose and bottles to wash