Breastfeeding Benefits and Advantages
We live in a bottle feeding society. Many
mother’s not only find bottle feeding more
convenient, they have
also been led to
believe that feeding formula is somehow
better for them and their baby. This
information is just wrong. The benefits of
breastfeeding for you and your baby generally far outweigh any risks
or problems you might face.
The most obvious and also most numerous benefits from breastfeeding
are to the baby directly from breast milk. No only does breast milk
contain the exact nutritional requirements for your baby, it has
numerous other positives as well, including:
* Boosts the immune system. Most of the immunities a baby has comes
from the mother’s breast milk. Not only does the milk in general
contain materials to help fight infection, it is actually tailored
to what the mother is exposed to (i.e. what the baby is probably
exposed to). This means your child gets custom protection from the
diseases they face. Not only do breastfed babies get sick less, they
are also less likely to develop immune disorders or allergy related
diseases, including asthma.
* Helps proper physical development. Breastfed babies gain more
weight than formula fed babies at the beginning, but that tapers
off. Studies have shown that breastfed babies are less likely to be
* Helps proper mental development. Breast milk helps to keep babies
in a more alert state, which contributes to proper brain
While you may consider bottle feeding breast milk, you should be
aware that the simple act of breast feeding also has benefits to
your child, including:
* Increased bonding. Being close and connected to
your child makes them feel safer with you and bond to you more.
* Promotes good oral health. Not only does breastfeeding prevent
bottle tooth decay, it could also keep your child from having to
wear braces in the future.
* Improves hand eye coordination. This is especially true if you
switch sides and positions regularly.
In addition to being beneficial to your baby, breastfeeding can
provide benefits to you as well, including:
* Less Hemorrhaging. Mothers who formula feed have to be given
medicine after birth to shrink the uterus and prevent dangerous
hemorrhaging. Nursing mother’s produce this chemical naturally.
* Less stress. Breast feeding has been shown to decrease the
incidence of illness in babies. Dealing with a healthy baby is much
easier than having to deal with a sick baby.
* Birth control. Consistent breast feeding has been shown to be
effective in preventing ovulation. This effect may also help prevent
breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers.
* Weight loss. Producing breast milk burns up a lot of calories.
nurse have been shown to take off the pregnancy weight
* Increased bonding. In addition to helping your baby bond with you,
breastfeeding produces hormones that help you bond better with your
While best feeding is usually best, there are some instances where
formula may be the better choice. The first of these is if you test
positive for diseases that can be transmitted through breast milk.
You should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of
breast feeding in these cases. The second reason for bottle feeding
is if you take certain medications of illegal drugs. Again, you
should speak to your doctor in this situation.
Overall, breastfeeding can be a rewarding and beneficial experience
for you and your baby.
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