Breastfeeding Importance & Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

Welcome to AnythingMaternity.com! On this first post, I would like to talk about an important topic, which is Breastfeeding.

Why is breastfeeding important?

You have spent nine months nourishing your precious baby in your womb, why start feeding your baby infant formula when you have your own wonderful breastmilk?

Every parent wants to give their child the very best. When it comes to feeding babies, there is nothing as good as breast milk. Do you know the advantages of breast milk? Your breast milk is organic and tailormade for your baby. Breast milk is the ideal baby food. It has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrate, and fluids that new-born babies require.

Benefits of breastfeeding should be enough to encourage mothers to want to breastfeed their newborn and for all health care providers to strongly encourage breastfeeding.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby?

  • The colostrum your baby receives in the first few days, and the breastmilk that follows, contain antibodies that provide resistance to infection. Until your baby has had time to build up its own immunities, mother’s immunities will be shared with him/her through her breast milk.
  • Breast milk is an important factor in promoting the best possible development of babies. It is well recognised that breastfed babies have better development of their eyesight and speech.
  • The unique combination of fatty acids and other components in breast milk contribute to optimal brain development, so lack of these in artificially-fed babies may result in lower intelligence.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from childhood cancers, eczema and asthma. And if a breastfed baby does get ill, the illness is often less severe than it would otherwise have been.
  • Breastfed babies will also have some protection against conditions like juvenile diabetes, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. There is good evidence that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS or ‘cot death’) is less common in breastfed babies.
  • Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies. Several studies have found that breastfeeding for six months or more makes it less likely that your baby will go on to develop food or respiratory allergies.
  • Advantages in long-term health: Many studies have looked at the possible long-term health benefits of breastfeeding. There is now good evidence that, on average, the following health problems in later life are less common in those who had been breast fed compared to those who had not:
    • Obesity and overweight
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol level
    • Eczema
    • Diabetes
    • Leukemia
    • Asthma

Do you know there are also many benefits of breastfeeding for the mother?