Updated: April 14, 2020
You’ve heard that “breastmilk is best” or “breast is best” but have also heard of the horror stories of breastfeeding – and wonder if it’s really worth it? Worry not! Read on to know the amazing benefits breastfeeding has towards baby, mommy, and everyone around.
The Benefits of breastfeeding babies
Breast milk provides your newborn baby with complete nourishment. It is also filled with antibodies that help ward off viruses and infections.
Breastfeeding provides safety and security to the baby. The first skin-to-skin contact after birth allows the baby to hear your heartbeat, providing assurance that they are safe and in the presence of their beloved mother.
Babies who are breastfed have lower risks of all-cause mortality and are less likely to suffer from illnesses and chronic diseases. If you’re a parent who has been reading articles in preparation for your newborn – you’ve probably heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from this than those that aren’t.
Studies have shown that children who are breastfed have higher IQ scores. Breastfed children are able to develop their brains better as it helps fight against developmental issues like delayed developed motor skills, poor communication skills, and reduced self-expression.
Impressed so far? That’s not even half of it! There’s more to the goodness of breastfeeding. Read our related article about pumping breast milk before giving birth.
Long Term effects of breastfeeding
There is a reduced risk that comes with breastfeeding which includes :
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis — And the list goes on!
It also helps improve :
- Onset menopause for daughters
- Vaccination effectiveness
- Bone mass in certain areas
- Stress release for babies
Amazing benefits of breastfeeding for moms
For some moms who are busy working, they often opt in using an electric portable breast pump, so they can pump while working. While others want to use the traditional manual breast pump. It all depends on how often you will use it and when you have the time. It’s great that we have these options now, because breastfeeding can be a physically demanding task. Some moms may find it hard but the rewards are amazing.
Weight loss is one of the many benefits that breastfeeding is supposed to provide. There’s a higher chance for breastfeeding mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight soon after delivery.
Breastfeeding moms are able to sleep better! It’s so much easier to pop a boob out than to wake up, sterilize bottles and prepare formula. Plus, you can also store and freeze your breastmilk using breastmilk storage bags if you won’t be using it within 24 hours. This is always a good idea especially if you’re a busy working mom!
Chances of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer are very slim. Breastfeeding may also help put menopause in pause. Breastfeeding moms have less uterus bleeding and quicker to return to its size.
Some moms find it hard to run errands when they’re breastfeeding, simply because of the dreaded breastmilk leaks and stains on their clothing. But no need to worry! You can always use disposable nursing pads for leak-proof confidence when going out.
Benefits of breastfeeding for the entire household and society
Moms may find breastfeeding painful for it can cause sore, dry and cracked nipples. It is recommended that you use nipple butter or breastfeeding creams to help the dry, cracked or sore nipples to heal faster. Despite this, there’s no doubt that there are numerous benefits from breastfeeding and more moms still go for breastfeeding than formula.
Not only does breastfeeding benefit both mommy and baby – it benefits everyone around who is affected too! Mom and Dad save tons! As there’s no need to purchase formula or even feeding bottles.
Because breastfeeding ultimately leads to a healthy mommy and baby – it saves on medical bills as they’re likely to get sick – which provides peace of mind to the rest of the family.
Less waste trail is made when going out – since no prepping is required, no waste is created! It doesn’t stop there. Breastfeeding moms are also able to help out other moms and babies by donating breast milk.