Breastfeeding can be so difficult sometimes that if you are a new mom – you are likely to ask the question “Will my baby really benefit from breastfeeding?” If you are a new mom with very little time on your hands – look at our gallery post on Benefits of Breastfeeding
And the answer is – “Yes. Your baby will really benefit tremendously from breastfeeding because breastfeeding is better than bottle feeding”
The breast milk that your breasts produce – when your baby is born is tailor made to suit the needs of your child.
You made that baby. You fed that baby while it was inside you.
And now nature has equipped you to produce the food your baby needs in its first few months outside you.
Breastfeeding can give you the baby you have always dreamt of having.
Healthy, happy, smart and good looking. You can make your baby all these and more
When You Breastfeed – You Protect Your Baby From Infections
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Breast milk contains immune substances called immunoglobulins that protect newborns from infections until they can develop its own immune system.
The immunoglobulins in your breast milk are designed to protect you against the bacteria and viruses that are attacking you at that point in time. Since your baby is always around you – these are the same organisms that are likely to attack your baby too and these are the same organisms from which your baby needs to be protected too. When you breastfeed – you pass on these specific immunoglobulins and protect your baby.
When You Breastfeed You Protect Your Baby From Developing Allergies
Breast milk is rich in the immunoglobulin IgA which prevents allergic reactions to food by forming a protective layer on the baby’s intestinal tract.
In the absence of this protective coating the undigested proteins from the food that the baby eats – manage to penetrate the wall of the intestine and cause allergies
When you breastfeed you protect your baby from developing allergies
When You Breastfeed – You Can Make Your Child More Intelligent
Breast milk is rich in fatty acids. The fatty acids contained in breast milk are precisely those that the developing brain needs at that point in time. And these fatty acids contribute significantly towards brain building.
Breastfeeding Makes Babies Emotionally Secure
Breastfeeding fosters an intense emotional bond between mother and baby and this contributes to the child’s intelligence. Bonding leads to emotional security. And emotionally secure children learn better and faster than their insecure counterparts. They have a distinct edge over children who lack emotional security. And while there are many other ways to foster emotional security – in a newborn, breastfeeding is the easiest.
When You Breastfeed – You Can Make Your Child Better Looking
Obesity is one of the biggest health hazards in the word today. Obesity not only damages the body – it also damages the mind by undermining self esteem.
You can give your baby a big push in the direction of healthy eating if you breast feed your baby. Your breastfed baby is likely to have a much healthier eating pattern than a formula fed baby. From the moment they are born – breastfed babies learn to recognize hunger and they learn to eat only as much as they need to satisfy their hunger.
The weight gain in breastfed babies is therefore more balanced and keeps them from becoming obese later in life
WHO Endorses Breastfeeding
There is absolutely no doubt that your baby will benefit from breastfeeding. This is why the World Health Organisation recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.
No – breastfeeding is not easy. But yes – it is worth it.
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