Breastfeeding is always said to be the best and the natural way to feed a new born. Essential nutrients that are needed for the infant’s growth and development are present in a mother’s breast milk.
A mother’s journey is endless. It is full of varied emotions. It involves a mother’s whole being. Being a mother is definitely not a walk in a park, it encompasses more than a person can imagine. With everything that is going on with motherhood, every mother can truly say that the experience is undefinable, worthwhile, priceless and fulfilling.
Becoming a mother, be it your first time or not, is not something that is taken lightly, the whole process involves not only yourself but also everyone around you. Support and motivation from your family and friends is essential. And when you are blessed with your baby, the best and most challenging experience is yet to come.
When you have your very own baby, you only want what’s best for him/her. You want them to be a healthy and happy baby. As a mother, you are willing to do anything and everything for them. Part of this is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is always said to be the best and the natural way to feed a new born. Essential nutrients that are needed for the infant’s growth and development are present in a mother’s breast milk. Doctors advise that during the end of pregnancy, a mother’s breasts produce a yellowish and sticky milk called Colostrum, which is the best food for the newborn and should be given during the first hour after birth. Preferably, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months.
Read further below, to know more about why it is best to breastfeed your baby.
- Breastfeeding constitutes to a lot of health benefits for the baby. Examples of which are, strengthening the immune system which results in fewer illnesses. It also can reduce the risk of hypertension, obesity, allergies and asthma.
- Breastfeeding does not only benefit the baby but the mother as well. Benefits for the mother includes, reduced risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis, arthritis and cardiovascular diseases. Breastfeeding can also result in weight loss and increased emotional health, that may help if a mother is experiencing post postpartum depression.
- Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and child. The intimacy, comfort and trust that is built through skin to skin contact is undeniable.
- While a mother breastfeeds, a hormone called Oxytocin or love hormones is released. It helps in a mother’s emotional state.
- A mother’s breast milk contains endorphin’s that helps the baby suppress pain. It also helps the baby’s emotional needs.
- Breastfeeding, because of it’s benefits, medical expenses are significantly lower.
- Breast milk in undeniably the perfect food for the baby. It has all the nutrients, calories and fluids your baby needs. It is also convenient because it is readily available anytime, you don’t need to prepare for it, set it to the right temperature and you don’t need a refrigerator or a baby bottle for it. Breastfeeding, can also help the environment through the absence of using packaging materials that can end up in landfills.
- Babies that are breastfed have shown high IQ levels and when in school, excels more in academics.
Reference: https://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/ https://rachelsremedy.com/blogs/blog/37168833-top-10-reasons-to-normalize-breastfeeding