What are the Advantages of Breastfeeding

ID-10086121We all know breast milk is the best food for the baby and it is a proven scientific fact. Other milks like cow’s milk, formula milk or any other milk are not as good as breast milk for the baby. Breast milk provides all the required essential nutrition (including the very essential calories for growth, vitamins, minerals and all the basic nutrients like fats, proteins and carbohydrates) in adequate quantity. Along with provision of all the nutrients required for the optimal growth and development of the baby, breast milk also provide maximum emotional satisfaction to the mother and the suckling baby and create an emotional bond which can be done only by breast feeding.

Advantages of breast feeding for the baby:

  • Breast milk provides all the nutrients like proteins (most important for growth and development), fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals (including trace elements) for the growth and development of the baby. Breast milk lacks only in iron content (like any other milk).
  • Babies can digest breast milk better than other milk, including formula milk. Breast milk is well digested even by the premature infants.
  • Breast milk can help to protect the baby from various diseases like diarrhea (no need of sterilization as required if baby is fed with formula milk, cow’s milk etc.), allergy and certain other infectious diseases.
  • Breast feeding is cost effective and easy, as it does not required to be prepared, no requirement to cleanse and the supply is also adequate as per the requirement of the baby. The temperature of the milk is also the correct temperature required by the baby.

Advantages of breast feeding for the mother:

  • Breast feeding reduces the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The incidence of breast cancer is very low among women with more than one child who has breast fed her children. Doctors recommend to breast feed for at least one year.
  • Breast feeding makes the mother to burn more calories which can help to reduce body weight that is gained during pregnancy and get beck to the pre-pregnancy shape.
  • Breast feeding delays menstruation and ovulation for at least three months after delivery. So by breast feeding next pregnancy can be prevented for at least three months without use of any contraception.

 

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