Breastfeeding is a soulful act as a woman embraces her motherhood by providing nourishment and nutrition to her baby. It is a natural and the safest method of nourishing an infant as it contains proteins, essential minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats and of course the antibodies which are essential for a baby’s healthy development and growth.
It is beneficial for the baby and the mommy in numerous ways - be it physical health or emotional health. We’re here to tell you the top 5 unique benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby:
1. Long lasting protection
Breast milk contains antibodies, which help in the development of a strong immune system. It also reduces the risk of developing severe chronic conditions like type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
2. Better Brain Development
Babies who consume breast milk grow up with a slightly higher level of intelligence and they have better IQ score as compared to non-breastfed babies. Babies who have been breastfed through late infancy until toddlerhood have better brain development when compared to those who have not been breastfed for so long. This brain development is attributed to the presence of DHA in the breast milk. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an integral part of the cerebral cortex, which is responsible for cognitive skills, such as memory, language, and attention.
3. Lower chance of developing obesity
If you’ve been breastfeeding your infant, you have saved your baby from the onset of obesity in toddlerhood and later life. This is because the partially hydrolyzed proteins in breast milk offer better digestion and higher absorption. In simple words, it means that it is going to be easy for the baby to maintain weight even in the future.
4. Healing is quick post delivery
When you begin nursing your baby, your body releases oxytocin which helps in contracting your uterus thereby aiding in reducing the blood loss post delivery. Breastfeeding also makes your uterus return to its normal size by the 6th week, postpartum.
5. Helps read your baby's cues better
According to an article on ncbi, breastfeeding will help you understand your baby’s feeding pattern better. So, you’ll know when your baby is hungry and when the baby feels full unlike bottle feeding sessions, where the bonding between you and the baby may not be that strong
Note- This blog has been reviewed by Tinystep Medical Advisory Board
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