By now, you have probably heard of the many benefits that breastfeeding can provide for both the mother and the child. But still, we’re here to give you more selling points for why it is best to breastfeed. If you’re a mom and thinking whether to breastfeed your newborn or not, here are some of the best reasons that we’ve heard yet about breastfeeding.
- It reduces chances of developing childhood cancers…
Apart from providing your child a healthy start with your breast milk’s antibodies, you can also boost his resistance against more serious health condition. Human milk is found to contain cancer-fighting substances that protect the body against illnesses like Hodgkin’s disease and lymphoblastic leukemia.
- …and breast cancer in mothers.
According to a research, mothers who breastfeed are less likely to be develop breast cancer compared to those who do not. The more of her children a mother breastfeeds, the lower her risk becomes. Besides breast cancer, it is known that breastfeeding reduces the chances of ovarian cancer, too.
- Changing diaper won’t be a stinky job.
Breastfed babies have lesser pungent poop than formula-fed infants. It is because formula isn’t digested as easily, and the remnants of formulated milk that are left behind make a baby’s poop bulkier and more foul smelling.
- You could save from more expensive dental expenses.
Breastfeeding your child for longer time lowers his chances from suffering malocclusion—misalignment of dental arches—and thus saves you from expensive dental braces in the future. Experts suggests that breastfeeding your child for at least nine months provides the most chances to prevent this dental condition.
- You won’t have to worry about ailments and allergies.
Eczema, asthma, and food allergies are less common in children who are breastfed for more than four months. This is likely because of the breast milk’s influence on the immune system responses in a child’s lymphoid tissue. As a result, fewer trips to the doctor.
- You lose weight much faster!
Breastfeeding your baby burns up to 500 calories a day. While not all lactating moms get back into shape that instantly, most of them give breastfeeding credits for helping them lose the extra weight.
Overall, breastfeeding is best for you and your baby. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment not just for your baby’s heath, but for your own health as well.