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Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Both The Baby & Mother

By Subodini Menon

When within the womb, the mother's body makes sure that the baby is well fed and nourished. But as soon as the baby is born, it becomes actively dependent on the mother, the father and other caregivers for care and nutrition. One of the very first ways that a baby is nourished is through the act of breastfeeding. Nature has blessed the mothers with the most nourishing nectar within herself, which she then gives to her babies via breastfeeding.

A popular topic of debate is the duration of breastfeeding. Most medical authorities say that an exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the baby's life is mandatory, along with extended breastfeeding with nutritious solids till one or two years of age. But not everybody agrees to it.

Today, we shall talk about the benefits of breastfeeding for both the baby and the mother. Go ahead and take a look, to know more.

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding For The Baby

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Healthy Infant

It is seen that the immature digestive system of the baby may not be able to digest formula milk or cow's milk. It can cause indigestion, colic and other problems for the baby. Feeding the baby breast milk ensures that the baby is healthy and doesn't have to deal with problems of the stomach.

Prevents Autoimmune Diseases

Feeding the baby breast milk makes sure that the baby's body is familiar with the antigens in the mother's body. This way, the breast milk prevents the development of autoimmune diseases in the baby.

Prevents Allergies And Common Diseases

The mother's milk helps mature the immune system in the baby. This way, the baby is protected from allergies and common diseases.

Prevents SIDS

By breastfeeding your baby, you can reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome by half.

Prevents Obesity

Breastfeeding helps prevent obesity in your baby. It also helps keep your baby within a healthy weight limit.

Gives The Baby Stronger Bones

The calcium from the mother's milk is more readily absorbed by the baby when compared to formula and cow's milk. This helps to make sure that the baby's bones are stronger.

Reduces The Chance Of Cancer In The Baby

There are a few kinds of cancers that are seen in babies and children. Research has shown that breastfeeding helps in reducing the chances of developing these cancers.

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding To The Mother

Weight Management

There is no better way to lose the pregnancy weight than by breastfeeding. It is called liposuction of the nature. Breastfeeding also makes sure that you do not get obese in the future.

Better Post-delivery Healing

The act of breastfeeding releases a hormone named oxytocin. This hormone helps in the healing of the body and wounds incurred during the delivery. This hormone also assists the uterus to get back to its original size.

Reduces The Risk Of Breast Cancer

Breastfeeding reduces the chance of a woman developing pre-menopausal breast cancer.

Birth Protection

Though it is not 100% way of birth protection; but it is seen that breastfeeding helps prevent another pregnancy. It helps in maintaining a healthy gap between two pregnancies.

It Is Cheaper

Breastfeeding is the best baby food and it doesn't cost anything. It is therefore very economical.

Prevents Postpartum Depression

Breastfeeding helps the mother bond with the baby better. This way, it helps in preventing postpartum depression. If a new mother is already suffering from it, breastfeeding helps her in recovering from postpartum depression.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 14:55 [IST]
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