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Exclusive Breastfeeding Benefits

Exclusive Breastfeeding Benefits to the Mother and Baby

A Woman who does not have any health problems should try to give her baby exclusive breast milk for at least the first six months. If you have any problem producing milk, contact a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to you and your baby. Breast milk is nutritionally balanced and protects your baby against several infections and childhood illnesses. Breastfeeding mothers get protected from certain types of cancers as well.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life that is to say no other milk or mashed foods given to the baby including water, as the baby gets enough water from the mother’s milk. A breastfeeding woman is advised to drink more water and take nutritious food when she is breastfeeding.

Some babies need breastfeeding constantly within 15-20 minutes of feed, this is because the baby wants not the nutritious feed but comfort sucking and a secured feel from her mother.

What are the benefits of breast feeding?

Find below the 8 benefits of breastfeeding

Breast milk is nutritionally balanced and is easily available and costs nothing. Moreover, delivered according to your baby’s demand.

Breast milk comes sterilized at the right temperature. Breastfeeding might take little effort initially but will make it easier once you and your baby settle down to your routine.

When you breastfeed, you do not need to buy bottles, mix formulas, and worry about the sterilization of bottles (no late night wake ups to sterilize the bottles). You can satisfy your baby’s hunger right away.

Breast milk saves money, as you do not need to spend money on feeding bottles and formulas. When compared, breastfed babies fall sick less often which way you can minimize the health care costs.

Breastfeeding women are at low risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, anemia, osteoporosis, and post delivery depression.

Breastfeeding helps the mother lose weight. During pregnancy, fat is deposited in woman’s body. Mother’s milk has fat and carbohydrates (lactose) in it which helps the mother lose weight faster when compared to bottle feeding mothers.

Breastfeeding babies feel love and more secured, as the skin-to-skin contact encourages bonding between mom and baby.

Breastfed babies are known to be more active and have fewer bowel upsets.

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