Amazing facts about breastfeeding
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by WHO (The World Health Organization), for babies up to six months of age, then continued breastfeeding along with other foods after that.
We have listed a few facts about the benefits of breastfeeding. Why it is so important and encouraged by WHO and other healthcare professionals.
Benefits of breastfeeding for the baby.
Breastfeeding can be crucial during the first 6 months, it’s safe for the baby, and the breast milk contains antibodies, that protect the infant from common childhood illnesses, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. Illnesses that are the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide.
Breastmilk is the ideal food, as it provides the nutrients needed for healthy development and it’s easily available and affordable to everyone, no matter place, status or income. Breastfed children are less likely to be overweight or obese and less likely to get type II diabetes. They even perform better in intelligence tests, later on in life (WHO).
Benefits of breastfeeding for the mother.
Breastfeeding is also great for the mother. Breastfeeding releases hormones that help the uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size. Exclusive breastfeeding is also a natural method of birth control (not completely fail-safe) in the first six months after giving birth. Breastfeeding can even reduce the risks of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, and postpartum depression.
Breastfeeding helps create a bond between a mother and her child. The child recognizes the unique scent of the breastmilk and the intimate moment strengthens the bond between a mother and her newborn.