What are the benefits of breastfeeding

Based on WHO-UNICEF’s recommendation at Geneva in 1979, breastfeeding is a concerted part of reproduction process to ideally and naturally feed infants, which also acts as the needed biological and psychological base for growth and development. Breastfeeding and breast milk are very beneficial for both babies and mothers, most of which cannot be replaced by any processed baby foods.

Breast milk main benefit for infants lies in their part as infants’ nutrient source.

Breast milk provide the most appropriate nutrition for babies. It adapts as they grows older, providing just the needed composition. Containing both nutrients and digestive enzymes, breast milk could be perfectly digested and absorbed with ease. That’s why breastfed babies will get hungry quicker. With their nutrient needs fulfilled, babies will have optimum growth and development.

Breast milk contains various substances and cells to ward off diseases and allergies.

Such as macrophages, lymphocytes, immunoglobulin, lactoferrin, and bifidus factor created by ‘good germs’ Lactobacilus bifidus. Breast milk also contains SIgA (secreted Immunoglobulin A) to prevents allergies, and contains anti-cancer substances. Breastfeeding will enables breast milk to directly enter a baby’s body in perfect condition, and in just the right temperature.

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Breastfeeding also optimizes babies’ development.

During breastfeeding, babies will not only receives nutrition from breast milk, but also receives stimulation from their mothers. Babies will look at their mother’s expression, listen to their mother’s voice, and feel their mother’s touches during breastfeeding. All of which will stimulates their brain development.

Breastfeeding benefit babies both physically and psychologically.

Being greatly stimulated by their mothers will build confidence. Thus, it creates a bond between a baby and their mother. This will lessen the risk of misbehavior and brutality in their adulthood.

Breastfeeding benefits not only babies, but also mothers.

After giving birth, mothers will have lower risks of postpartum bleeding and anemia. The shrinking of mothers’ uterus to original size will also be quicker, along with their weight loss. Furthermore, breastfeeding are easier to give as it saves time and is less costly. Not only that, mothers will have lower risk of breast-cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.

Psychologically, mothers also benefit from breastfeeding.

Mothers will feel needed, and it will lessen postpartum depression and anxiety. Working mothers will be able to work more efficiently, as their babies will rarely get sick. Breastfeeding could also be used as temporary birth control, with following requirements:

  1. Infants are younger than 6 months,
  2. Mothers’ period hasn’t started yet, and
  3. Babies are exclusively breastfed.

Those are the benefit of breastfeeding for both infants and mothers. Together, let’s fight for infants’ right for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and continuous breastfeeding until the age of 2!

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