Benefits of Breastfeeding

Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding

The benefits of breastfeeding are immense, nothing can compare to the properties in human milk. Breastmilk contains a 100% correct ratio of calories, fat, protein, fluid, vitamins and minerals that are needed for a baby's development and growth.

The benefits of breastfeeding mentioned below, will hopefully prove to you, that by breastfeeding your baby, you are giving the best gift possible.

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How Long should You Breastfeed?

How long to breastfeed

Exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life provides the maximum benefits, but if you can breastfeed longer, then that’s even better!

The benefits of extended breastfeeding.

Advantages of Breast Milk

Benefits of breast feeding your baby

  • Breast milk contains antibodies, which will strengthen your baby’s immune system.
  • The nutrients and vitamins in breast milk, are more easily absorbed compared to the nutrients in formula. This is why formuals are fortified with sometimes double the amounts of nutrients and vitamins. 
  • Read more about the composition of breast milk here.
  • Breast milk protects your baby's gut against all types of illnesses
  • Breast milk is easier to digest than formula.
  • Your breast milk changes with the needs of your baby, to provide for his/her specific growth and nutritional needs.
  • Children that are breastfed, have a lower risk of vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Babies that are breastfed, have been found to have a reduced risk of constipation and colic.
  • There is a lowered risk of childhood diabetes in breastfed babies. 
  • Breastfed children have a lower risk of asthma, eczema, ear infections and bronchitis.
  • Another great benefit of breastfeeding, is that breastfed babies have a decreased risk of tooth decay. Read more about breastfeeding and tooth decay here
  • Improved brain and nervous system development.
  • There is reduced risk of heart disease later on in life.
  • Breastfeeding provides a special bond between the baby and the mother.
  • It lowers the risk of childhood obesity.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to get thrush.
  • In breastfed premature babies, breathing and temperatures are more stable. 
  • Breastfed babies are more content and cry less than formula fed babies. 

Advantages of Breastfeeding for Mom

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  • Lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancers.
  • There is a reduced risk of anaemia.
  • Breastfeeding helps a mother get that pre pregnancy body back. Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories daily! 
  • Helps delay fertility, so that pregnancies are not too close to each other.
  • Breastfeeding promotes a special bond between the mother and baby.
  • Breast milk is free! Which saves you money.
  • Breastfeeding helps the uterus contract after birth, which helps to control postpartum bleeding.
  • Breastfeeding releases feel good hormones, which will lower a mother's risk of postpartum depression.

Breastfeeding Benefits on the Environment

  • Breastfeeding reduces the costs of healthcare. This is because breastfed babies, overall, become ill much less than formula fed babies. (Even later in life)
  • Another benefit of Breastfeeding, is that it reduces insurance premiums. Why? Because it is a well known fact that breastfed babies are healthier!
  • Reduced pollution, because breastfeeding reduces the need to manufacture and dispose of artificial milk.

Other Breast Feeding Benefits

  • A great breastfeeding benefit, is that a mother can breastfeed her baby, while she is sleeping and/or resting. 
  • Less preparation time and breast milk comes at the perfect temperature. There is also no cleaning up to do afterwards. :-)

Benefits of Breastfeeding Beyond the Bond

Give your child the gift that keeps on giving, breastfeed! 

The benefits of breastfeeding are too great to ignore!

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