Breastfeeding is Miraculous
All mothers possess exemplary characteristics and are the true wonder women of our lives. Breastfeeding is the most natural and emotional method to establish a connection between an infant and the mother. It can be an overwhelming experience, especially for first-time mothers, but with the right management, breastfeeding can be done efficiently. So, let’s take some time to discuss the positive effects of breastfeeding, for both the child and the mother.
The beneficial impact of breastfeeding for mothers
Breast milk is a blessing for your baby and feeding your child is not only an extremely rewarding feeling but is also helping your body in numerous ways like-
- It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer
As per the experts, breastfeeding women face less risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, in later stages of life.
- Helps in shedding the post-pregnancy weight gain
If you are a nursing mother, you would love to know that milk production burns around 300 to 500 calories per day; which means that you can lose post-pregnancy weight in the most organic way possible. Breastfeed your infant and lose weight without having to create diet plans.
- Helps uterus in regaining its shape
Breastfeeding your baby releases oxytocin, which helps your uterus to shrink back to pre-pregnancy size from the first few weeks.
- Lowers risk of Osteoporosis
Medical experts also claim that women who breastfeed are less prone to encounter postmenopausal osteoporosis. As when a woman conceives a child, her body is lactating and thus absorbs calcium more efficiently. Consequently, breastfeeding makes your bones denser and provides protection against osteoporosis.
- Guards your health from other diseases
Breastfeeding acts as a great immunity booster for your body. If you breastfeed your baby for 1-2 years over the lifetime, then you may lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases and type 2 diabetes by 10 to 50%.
During this phase, you may experience delayed menstruation if you breastfeed your child regularly. Breastfeeding the infant also releases various hormones that create feelings of warmth and calmness in the mother and strengthen the bond between them.
Breastfeeding benefits for the baby
Now, let’s learn how your bundle of joy can benefit from your breast milk.
- Wards-off asthma and allergies
If you feed your baby with breast milk regularly after birth, then he/she faces decreased risk of having asthma, eczema and food allergies later in life.
- Protects life
Breast milk also lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in your baby in the first crucial year of life.
- Powers-up digestive system
If you breastfeed your baby well, then his/her digestive system will be healthy and problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, gastroenteritis and gastroesophageal reflux won’t lurk near your child.
- Safeguard respiratory health
Breastfed kids also experience fewer colds and other respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and whooping cough.
Another benefit of breastfeeding for your baby is that he/she is a lesser risk of obesity later in life if you breastfeed exclusively for at least 4 months. Furthermore, your child also faces decreased chances of having type 1 and 2 diabetes, lymphoma, leukaemia and Hodgkin diseases.
So, breastfeed your baby well to boost your health along with the child. It also helps form an unspoken bond of love that creates a strong foundation of love for life between them.
Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors