Happy Motherhood – The Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Exclusive breastfeeding for atleast 6 months is recommended by World Health Organization
- Complimentary foods along with breastfeeding is recommended till 2 years of age or beyond
- Initiating breastfeeding within the first hour of life is highly recommended
- Breastfeeding promotes sensory and cognitive development and offers protection to the infant against infectious and chronic diseases
- It also reduces infant mortality caused by diarrhoea and pneumonia, and helps in faster recovery during illness
In the journey of motherhood, breastfeeding is an important phase for both the mother and the baby. It is a natural way to nurture and nourish the baby.
Human milk is natural, renewable and readily available food for the baby that provides complete nutrition to the infant up to six months of life.
Breastfeeding is shown to have various medical and health benefits for both mothers and their babies.
Reduces Obesity in Mothers:
Studies have shown that breastfeeding mothers are able to get rid of excess fat stored during pregnancy by burning excess calories in milk production. This reduces the chances of maternal obesity later in life.
During milk production, the body utilizes calcium from the bones which causes a demineralization and remineralization of the mother’s bones. This helps prevent futures chances of osteoporosis and makes the bones healthier.
Reduces the risk of developing Diabetes:
Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies are at a lower risk of developing diabetes and hyperlipidaemia as they tend to have less body fat and smaller waist circumference later in life.
Reduces the risk of developing certain Cancers:
Studies have shown that breastfeeding women reduce their risk of developing breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer by as much as 25 percent.
Reduces the risk of developing Postnatal Depression:
Bonding and closeness with her baby helps improve psychological health of the mother by releasing hormones such as oxytocin which help alleviate symptoms of depression.