The Importance of Breastfeeding

The Importance of Breastfeeding

 

After 9 months of pregnancy, when your bundle of joy is in your hands, mothers want nothing but the best for your child. The best thing that a mother can offer to her child is breast milk.

 

 

Breast milk offers innumerable health benefits to babies and breastfeeding benefits mothers as well. Studies have shown that breastfed infants have a higher rate of survival and healthier adulthoods as compared to non-breastfed infants.

 
The WHO, the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and the Centre for OBG, all equivocally recommend exclusive breastfeeding of six months for babies, later replaced by top feeds along with continual breast feeding till 2 years of age.

 

 

There are innumerable benefits of breastfeeding. Some benefits for babies include:

 

 

  • Stronger immune system
  • Protection from illnesses such as Diarrhoea, Constipation, Gastroentritis, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Bacterial Meningitis, etc.
  • Fewer episodes of colds and respiratory illness like cold, pneumonia, whooping cough
  • Fewer episodes of ear infections and hearing defects
  • Helps in better vision
  • No or lesser episodes of allergies and allergy related illness
  • Lessens risk of leukemia, childhood cancers
  • Less likely to become obese in adulthood
  • Aids in brain maturation
  • Lowers risk of Rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis
  • Lowers risk of diabetes
  • Protects child from SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Protects from heart problems as the child grows
  • Helps in building bones and muscle mass
  • Boosts child’s intelligence
  • Provides the essential nutrients to the baby

 

Most of the mothers have misconception that they will lose their health due to breastfeeding, which is a myth! Breastfeeding offers amazing and unbelievable benefits to mothers as well, such as:

 

 

  • It acts as natural contraception and provides child spacing
  • Reduces the risk of anemia
  • Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
  • Reduces the risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
  • Reduces the risk of post partum depression
  • Reduces the stress levels
  • Increases bonding between mother and the baby
  • Helps in losing the excess weight gained during pregnancy
  • Reduces the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and obesity
  • Lessens the risk of urinary tract infections

 

Breastfeeding is the natural process wherein both mother and the child remain healthy lifelong.

 

 

Be more than well. Be well prepared.

 

 

 

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