Are you wondering what the best reasons are for breastfeeding?
Were you ever not thinking of not breastfeeding?
Maybe society can be discouraging or make it seem like something old-fashioned.
But did you know that breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can give to your newborn baby?
Recently we wrote about the importance of celebrating breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week 2015.
Now, we give you our top 7 reasons to breastfeed!
Reason for breastfeeding #1: closeness and bonding
What could bring you more close to your newborn baby than this relationship in particular? It’s bonding like no other. After nine months growing inside of you, now your baby is finally really here. It’s the time to take care of a new life.
Reason for breastfeeding #2: specific nutrition
Breastmilk is custom made! Colostrum is the name of the first milk after your baby’s birth. It offers vital early protection and helps prevent harmful bacteria by coating your baby’s digestive system. It’s essential for your newborn’s immunity, and every doctor will encourage at least this first faze of breastfeeding.
Reason for breastfeeding #3: cost savings
Let’s be honest, breastfeeding costs nothing. The longer you breastfeed, the longer your body produces the milk and gives you and your baby everything you need.
Reason for breastfeeding #4: health benefits
The health benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your newborn are amazing. Just some facts such as the risk of many illnesses being reduced is reason enough to do your best to breastfeed for at least the first 6 months of your baby’s life.
Reason for breastfeeding #5: complete food
There’s no need for adding on any food to your baby’s diet. According to babycentre.co.uk: “Breastmilk is a complete food. It contains at least 400 nutrients, as well as hormones and disease-fighting compounds, that aren’t present in formula milk. Its nutritional makeup even adjusts to your baby’s needs as she grows.”
Reason for breastfeeding #6: less cases of postpartum depression
And who wouldn’t want to try to avoid or less the risk of depression? Fighting postpartum depression with new love is the best way to boost mood swings and overwhelming feelings after giving birth.
Reason for breastfeeding #7: brain power
There is strong evidence that children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests, as well as on teacher ratings of their academic performance.
The Bump also reports: “study published in JAMA Psychiatry followed nearly 14,000 children over the course of six-and-a-half years, and the kids who were exclusively breastfed had a significantly higher average IQ test score than those who weren’t.” For those interested in the science behind the study, here’s a link to Breastfeeding and Child Cognitive Development.
Interested in more reasons to breastfeed? Read an even longer list of benefits here.
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