Referring to the benefits of breastfeeding a poster in my hospital room described breast milk as "liquid gold". Powerful statement.
Imagine a food for baby that is delicious, easy to digest and meets all nutritional needs. Imagine it acts as a 'wonder drug', bolstering the immune system, immunizing and treating disease. That's what you give your baby when breastfeeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics asserts regarding breast milk:
"....advantages include health, nutritional, immunologic, developmental, psychologic, social, economic, and environmental benefits."
Colostrum is baby's first milk. colostrum benefits are irreplaceable as it is custom formulated to protect and address nutritional needs of a newborn for the first few days of life on the 'outside'.
Breast milk composition includes exactly the right amount of protein, fat, lactose, vitamins, minerals and trace elements that are needed. Breast milk is the ultimate health food.
There are breastfeeding advantages to mom too. It uses about 500 calories each day which helps you lose weight - of course taking off all the baby weight can be a challenge - for a 15 minute a day solution Click Here!
Breastfeeding is also conducive to bonding with your baby. The skin-to-skin contact and comfort baby feels hearing mama's heartbeat. The eye contact between baby and mom at just the perfect distance fosters loving attachment and security.
According to experts, chubby babies who are exclusively breastfed have nothing to worry about. Of course, there is a difference between a chubby baby and an obese baby .
In efforts of encouraging commitment to breastfeeding the WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF state one of the benefits of breastfeeding to be lowered risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is because a breastfed baby wakes up from sleep more easily at ages two to three months which is peak time for SIDS.
As she gets older, you might wonder when to start feeding baby solids . There are some things to think about when making this move. Also, will you do it the traditional way or will you introduce solids by the baby led weaning method?
Many don't realize that the nutritional benefits of breastfeeding continue past 6 months. Having a breastfeeding toddler has it's own challenges and rewards - it really is special cuddle time.
Because breastfeeding requires vigorous sucking action breastfed babies have been reported to have decreased dental problems - with better development of facial bones and straighter teeth.
There are also hormonal breastfeeding benefits. Nursing prompts your body to release oxytocin and prolactin which make you feel relaxed and more nurturing and in turn strengthen the bond you feel with your baby. By breastfeeding soon after birth, oxytocin is increased which makes the uterus contract more quickly and reduces bleeding.
Some other documented advantages to mom include:
A 2007 review conducted for the WHO (World Health Organization) concluded: "Subjects who were breastfed experienced higher performance in intelligence tests."
Neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta says in Time Magazine, "There is simply no better food for newborns. Breast-fed babies have lower rates of hospital admission, ear infection, diarrhea, rashes, allergies and other medical problems than bottle-fed tots."
The United National Childrens Fund (UNICEF) says:
"Breastfeeding is the superior choice."
The results of research are overwhelming. Breast milk is the best food for your baby - custom made!
So how great are the benefits of breastfeeding? For many mama's everywhere reliable testimony proves without a doubt breastfeeding is best!