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How do I and my Baby Benefit from Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants and young children with milk from a mother’s breast with consist of all the necessary nutrients they need to have a healthy growth, sound mind, and rapid development.

It can also be regarded as nursing period as it is used to nurse the baby towards having a good and healthy future growth, this is because it starts from the first hour the child is born and continue as often and as much as the baby needs it.

 It is an act which is recommended by health professionals and most medical authorities as an act that is very essential for the growth of the baby and mothers’ health at large and should be given exclusively to babies for six months.

Breastfeeding enhances biochemical reactions which help to protect the child from being exposed to infectious diseases due to the presence of effective hormones, immunologic substance, enzymes, and growth factors.

It is only in rare conditions like mothers’ taking certain recreational drugs and medications that she will be asked not to breastfeed her baby but conditions like smoking, coffee, reduction in alcohol intake are not reasons for not breastfeeding your baby.

Breast milk is a liquid substance the flows out of a woman mammary glands which contain nutrients from the woman’s bloodstream and bodily stores. It is made up of antibodies that cannot be manipulated.

It also consists of a long chain of polyunsaturated fatty acids which enhances normal retinal and neural development in mothers as it helps them to return to their actual body weight after the pregnancy period because breastfeeding requires the average of 500 calories a day.

It contains all the needed fat, sugar, water and protein in the right proportion which your baby needs for adequate growth and development. Properly breastfed babies have less diarrhea, constipation and less or zero chances of having allergies; also they are less infected by cold, ear infections and sinus.

This first milk produced from the woman’s breast after giving birth is known as Colostrums.  It is a thick, barely sufficient, sticky and yellowish in color but it contains more than enough nutrients your baby needs. Below are the functions of colostrums to your baby.

a.     It helps to develop your baby’s digestive tract by enhancing it to digest breast milk easily.

b.    It contains laxative properties that help the baby to pass out early stools.

c.      It seals the baby’s gastrointestinal tract from foreign substances.

d.    It aids the production of secretory immunoglobulin A which attacks germs in the lungs, intestines and mucous membranes of the throat.

Breastfeeding is necessary and very efficient in the life of a growing child, it cannot be enforced on mothers because decision making depends solely on a person’s choice but it is worth trying.

                              Benefits of Breastfeeding for your Baby

1.    It lowers the risks of your baby having asthma or allergies.

2.    Breast milk comprises of antibodies which help to fight off bacteria and viruses in for the baby.

3.    It contains the right proportion of protein, vitamins, and fat which your baby needs for adequate growth.

4.    Breast milk is produced in a form that is easily digested by your baby.

5.    A good breastfed baby has fewer trips to doctors and few hospitalizations.

6.    It helps to improve the baby’s cognitive development.

7.    It helps to reduce the risks of having type 1 diabetes and leukemia in the baby.

8.    It helps to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies.

9.    Well, breastfed babies have less risk of obesity when they get to adulthood stage.

10.Well breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, bouts of diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.

11.They are closer to their moms due to the skin to skin touching and eye contacts making them feel secure.

12.They gain the right amount of weight as they grow instead of being overweight or obsessed children.

                              Benefits of Breastfeeding to the Mother.

1.    It helps to reduce rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

2.    It allows you to create time and relax with your baby as your bond.

3.    It reduces your risk of osteoporosis.

4.    It reduces your risk of having ovarian and breast cancer.

5.    It helps to delay the return of fertility and menstruation.

6.    It saves time and money.

7.    It helps you to burn extra calories obtain during the pregnancy period.

8.    It helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size which will help to reduce uterine bleeding after birth by releasing a hormone called oxytocin.

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