Breastfeeding: Why is it important?

Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat that the baby needs to grow. It is strongly recommended for the first 6 months. After the introduction of other foods, it is important to continue breastfeeding through the baby’s first year.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for the mother and her baby

  • Breastfed babies have stronger immune systems and they become less prone to having:
  • Diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis
  • Colds and respiratory illnesses
  • Ear infections
  • Breastfed babies experience Improved brain maturation and may become healthier children with:
  • Fewer instances of allergies, eczema and asthma
  • Lower risk of type I diabetes
  • Fewer instances of Crohn’s disease and colitis
  • Less likelihood of becoming obese later in childhood
  • Breastfeeding can help mothers to:
  • Lower the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Promote faster weight loss after birth
  • Reduce the risk of postpartum depression

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/about-breastfeeding/why-it-matters.html

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nursing-basics#1

Article: Lauren Wisnieski, MS, Jean Kerver, PhD, Claudia Holzman. Breastfeeding and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. November 3, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890334417737038

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