Most people are aware that breastfeeding is better for the baby than formula feeding. But what exactly are the advantages? If you are not so sure, have a look at this 11 facts about the health benefits coming with breastfeeding:
A healthier baby.
Breastfed babies are less likely to catch pneumonia, colds, and viruses. Gastrointestinal conditions like diarrhea, which can be dangerous, are also less common among breastfed babies.
Reduced risks of long-term diseases.
If you breastfeed your baby, she will have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes (type I), celiac disease, and Crohn’s disease.
Lower SIDS risk.
SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome, a condition in which a seemingly healthy baby dies in her sleep. Breastfeeding reduces your baby’s risk of getting SIDS by half.
Less risk of cancer for your baby.
Breast milk can prevent certain childhood cancers. As the mother, you benefit from this, too. Mothers who breastfeed their babies are less likely to get premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Your baby gets the best out of vaccines.
Studies have shown that breast milk contains a high amount of antibodies, which makes them response better to vaccination than formula-fed babies.
A calm baby.
Who does not love a calm baby? Breast milk is proven to have substances that sooth the baby and help her sleep better.
Your baby feels more secure.
Breastfeeding requires close physical contact between you and your baby. This kind of skin-to-skin closeness cultivate bonding relationship and makes your baby feel safer.
Less risks of obesity.
Since formula help babies put on more pounds, it can make them put on too many pounds. That is why breastfed babies can gain the right weight much easier.
Breast milk helps your baby develop intellectual abilities.
Breastfeeding is associated with higher IQ scores in later childhood. Although the body of evidence is not big enough to establish a cause-and-effect relationship, it is worth consideration.
Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of cavities and tooth decay later on and may reduce the chance they will need braces as they grow up.
Less risk of breast cancer for your baby girl.
Breastfeeding is extremely important if your baby is a girl. A breastfed baby girl has a 25% reduced risk of getting breast cancer in her life time.
Breastfeeding is a great way to start your motherhood. Both you and your baby benefit from this. Moreover, breastfeeding is convenient since the milk is always there at the right temperature waiting for your baby to enjoy.
Review Date: November 16, 2016 | Last Modified: December 9, 2019
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