As you gear up for your little one to join you, one of the topics you’re sure to discuss often is breastfeeding. Today, we want to share with you some of the health benefits that are associated with breast milk, not only for your baby, but for you as well!
It’s custom made. The production of breast milk is a wondrous thing. Colostrum, which is the initial milk you produce, is the first form of providing your babe with the antibodies they will need to build their immune system. Colostrum is very rich in proteins & vitamins and contains Immunoglobulins A, G, and M to assist your babies growth. As your babe gets older, your body automatically adjusts its milk production based on your babies needs. Incredible!
Less chance of illness. With the high levels of antibodies which are present in breast milk, your baby is less likely to catch pneumonia, battle with lower respiratory illnesses, deal with gastrointestinal discomfort, and catch colds or viruses. Remember how we said that your breast milk is custom made? Well, it’s that speciality milk that keeps your babies immune system strong!
Lowers risk of childhood obesity. Babies who are breastfed have a tendency to know when their hunger has been satiated. They are able to control how much milk they drink and can determine when they are full. Being able to make this distinction allows for your baby to grow up with a certain level of control when it comes to food. In comparison, bottle-fed babies are often forced to finish their bottles in order to meet a quota of ounces to drink in a day. As such, as these babies get older, they are not always able to distinguish when their tummies are actually full and can tend to “overeat.”
Provides better (and quicker) healing post-delivery. When you nurse, your body releases a hormone known as oxytocin. This hormone not only allows your milk to travel to your breasts, but it also plays a major role in contracting your uterus back to its normal size following childbirth. The contraction of your uterus reduces post-delivery blood loss, which is extremely important!
Reduces your stress & postpartum depression. Oxytocin strikes again! When you nurse, the release of oxytocin also promotes feelings of nurturing and relaxation. These wonderful feelings allow you the opportunity to truly build a bond with your baby.
Lessens risk of breast and other cancers. According to recent studies by the NCBI, “the longer women breast feed, the more they are protected against breast cancer.”
And there you have it, folks. Breastfeeding is not only good for your little one, but for you too! While we’ve listed a few of the benefits from breastfeeding, please know that there are so many more than just the ones we’ve noted!
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