Breastfeeding, all you have to know
You are trying to understand why breastfeeding is important for the mother and baby’s health ? You would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of this feeding method ? Here is some useful information for you !
Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for a baby. The majority of women can produce enough breastmilk to successfully feed their children. The quality and quantity of breastmilk generally remain high even if the mother’s diet is not ideal. It contains antibodies and immunoglobulin to protect against infection and boost the baby’s immune system. It contains also enzymes, growth modulators, hormones, long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals and trace elements in a highly bio-available form that suits the needs of the new baby.
Breastfeeding for the mother
Breastfeeding is known to have many benefits for mothers. It can help to lose pregnancy weight, to reduce the risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer, to save money on costly infant formula and feeding equipment. It can also help to build a strong bond between the mom and the baby.
For some mothers, the only drawback is that it is painful and tiring : breast-fed babies wake up more often during the night. It is also difficult to share night duty as no one else can feed the baby and it’s more difficult for breastfeeding mothers to return to work. There are contraindications to breastfeeding, but these are rare.
Breastfeeding for the Baby
Breastfed babies have less chance of being constipated, developing eczema, diarrhea, vomiting and they have fewer chest and ear infections. Meanwhile, breastfed babies have less chance of becoming obese and therefore developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life.
We can say that there are no disadvantages for the baby, but we cannot push a mother into breastfeeding if she is not willing to this method.