Breastfeeding is the process of giving the baby or young child milk directly from the mother’s breasts rather than from a bottle or other container. Mothers should be able to breastfeed their children for more than six months after pregnancy, without the need of infant formula or solid food. Breast milk is considered to be the healthiest form of milk for human babies. It promotes health, reduces health care and feeding costs, and helps prevent disease. The Benefits of Breast milk for babies, their mothers, and families are limitless.
- Babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses. They may also be less likely to develop childhood obesity
- Babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and Neuroblastoma
- Whey protein in human milk forms a soft, easily digestible curd
- Human milk provides optimal nutrition to the infant. it also provides generous amounts of lipids, in the form of essential fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, medium-chain triglycerides, and cholesterol
- Human milk has infection-fighting components that inhibit the formation of dental caries
- Minerals in breast milk are largely protein bound and balanced to enhance their availability and meet infant needs with minimal demand on maternal reserves
- Breastfeeding seems to work as analgesic to infants
- Breastfeeding delays the return of menstrual periods and may aid in spacing pregnancies
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Breastfeeding creates a strong bond between mother and child
- Breastfeeding mothers have increased self esteem
Benefits for families include:
- Breastfeeding saves the family budget hundreds of dollars.
- Breastfeeding saves on health care costs.
- Breastfeeding contributes to a more productive workforce.
- Breastfeeding creates a healthier society.