We’ve all heard that breastfeeding is great. It’s healthy for baby and somehow magically connects the two of you. But why? What is it about breastfeeding that causes doctors and hippie moms alike to rave on and on about it?
Benefits for Baby
Firstly, breastfeeding provides the most nutrient-concentrated substance that our babies can get. Breastmilk contains the perfect amount of fat, protein, sugar, water, and minerals for baby, and its makeup develops along with baby to continue providing the right ratio of nutrients as he or she grows. Breastmilk develops with my baby? How cool is that?
Breastmilk is also easier to digest than formula and is full of antibodies that boost our babies’ immune systems and fight off common illnesses like ear infections and allergies, not to mention that infants who breastfeed are lower risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). For all these reasons, breastfeeding is definitely something to seriously consider for the health of little ones.
Benefits for Mom
When we breastfeed, our bodies release a hormone called oxytocin. This is known as a bonding hormone, which helps create that feeling of closeness with baby. Oxytocin also causes our uteruses to contract and help get it back to its normal size, and even decrease postpartum bleeding. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of breast or ovarian cancer. If that wasn’t enough, as an added bonus breastfeeding can help lose that pregnancy weight!
Of course, everyone’s situation is different, and it’s important to talk to your doctor about what is best for you and your child. If you’re a new or expectant mom and you live near Kirksville, MO, you can learn more about prenatal and parenting topics through Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic’s PLANS program. For more information, call 660-665-5688 or click here.