Have you heard about the benefits of breastfeeding for baby and mother? There are so many decisions and preparations to be made during the months of pregnancy. One of the best decisions you can make for your health and the health of your brand new little one is choosing to breastfeed. The list of benefits for the baby is a long one. The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breastmilk help protect against a variety of illness and disease as your baby gets older.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk for the following:
- Ear infections
- Gastrointestinal issues
And for babies born early, breast milk improves brain growth and development and decreases rates of serious infections, and is the perfect nourishment for baby's growth.
Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom
Don’t forget about yourself! Breastfeeding benefits for mom include a reduced risk of heart disease, breast and ovarian cancer, and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also helps you heal faster after deliver, return to pre-baby weight faster, and releases hormones to help you relax. And relaxation will be vital as you adjust to life as a new mom! Plus, it's less expensive than formula and can make it easier to put baby back to sleep in the middle of the night (instead of needing to go prepare formula).
If you have questions or would like to make a specific plan for your own baby, talk with your doctor at The Woman’s Clinic. Our professionals can help you understand the benefits of breastfeeding as well as walk you through the many decisions coming your way as a mom.