We've all heard the saying that breast milk is best for babies, but how much do we really know about the benefits? Here at Hey Mom, we've compiled a list of reasons why you should breastfeed your child.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Child
- Your child will be healthier. Research shows that children who are breastfed are less likely to develop common childhood sicknesses like ear infections, respiratory problems, and urinary tract infection. Breast milk is, in fact, sterile, which also lowers the risk of them ingesting any bacteria that might be in contaminated milk.
- It prevents overfeeding and excess weight. Children who are overweight are more likely to have weight problems when they are older. Breast milk reduces excess pounds and regulates weight gain at a steady and appropriate rate.
- You'll have a smarter baby! Breast milk contains a fatty acid called DHA or docosahexaenoic acid which helps the brain develop. The close proximity between mother and child also assists in developing cognitive and emotional faculties.
- Not to mention a stronger baby, too. Babies who breastfeed don't have the luxury or convenience of a soft, rubber nipple that they can easily latch on to, and because of this, they have to work harder to suck from their mother's breast. This leads to the development of stronger jaws and well-built teeth.
- You'll educate his/her palate early. Breast milk takes on the flavor of a mother's breastfeeding diet. This is your opportunity to introduce your little one to unconventional flavors. It'll pay off when you're trying to get her to eat her vegetables.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for You
- You'll lose weight naturally. When you get pregnant, your body stores extra fatty tissue so that it can ensure you can begin breastfeeding once your baby is born, and that your body can support it. After that happens, your baby will start to consume the calories your body stored through your milk, thus the weight loss!
- It protects your health. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of uterine and breast cancer after menopause. You're less likely to suffer from bone loss as well.
- It's convenient. When you're a new mother, convenience is key, and what could be more convenient than feeding your child from milk that's always attached to you? No waking up in the middle of the night to rush to the kitchen for formula.
- It creates an unbreakable bond. The bond you create with your child when you breastfeed is a beautiful and natural thing. It's not something that can be duplicated by a machine or contraption.
- It boosts your mood. Breastfeeding triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone. It's the same hormone that's released when we hug or kiss a loved one.