“Breast milk is nature’s perfect baby food. It contains immunity-boosting antibodies and healthy enzymes that scientists have yet to replicate” (Parents.com)
When it comes to breastfeeding, there are multiple benefits for both mother and baby. Indeed, the list of benefits is incredibly long, as we’ll see below. For one reason or another, though, not every mother ends up breastfeeding and that’s absolutely fair enough. After all, we’re all different and it’s also a very personal issue in any case. Some mums have physiological problems with the whole thing, other mums simply don’t like the idea of it and there are many additional reasons why breastfeeding simply isn’t an option for many. That’s all a given, so this article is here as a guide just to help keep parents as informed as possible.
Breastfeeding has been shown to benefit both mother and baby, in an incredible variety of ways …
Breastfeeding benefits for babies
- • Breastfeeding allows antibodies to be passed on to the infant. This is especially important as a way to counter the threat of viruses.
- • Breast milk also contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats and hormones, all of which help with healthy development.
- • The long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids found in breast milk help young brains to develop.
- • Some studies suggest that infants who have been breastfed for at least 6 months are statistically less likely to develop childhood leukaemia.
- • When breastfed during the first 3 months, infants are also less likely to develop childhood asthma or allergic rhinitis.
- • Indeed, continuing to breastfeed when infants start eating solids may even protect them from developing some food allergies.
- • Infants who are breastfed are also less likely to develop wheezing and severe eczema.
- • Breast milk reduces the risk of the child developing ear infections, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections and diarrhoea.
- • It can also protect infants from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (‘SADS’).
- • Breastfeeding also helps premature babies by reducing the risk of them developing Necrotising Enterocolitis or ‘NEC’, a potentially serious bowel disorder.
- • Many of breast milk’s benefits last right into adulthood.
Breastfeeding benefits for mums
Mums also benefit hugely from breastfeeding … [… READ MORE …]