Health benefits-breastfeeding to the baby and mother are enormous. It is not simply a lifestyle but a way of life of nursing mothers because of its importance and effect on child development. Breastfeeding is universally endorsed by the world’s health and scientific organizations as the best way of feeding infants.
The best infant and young child feeding practices are defined internationally as early and exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, then continuation of breastfeeding while adding age appropriate complementary foods for two years or more.
The evidence is clear that breastfeeding provides immediate and lifelong nutrition and health benefits for both mother and child, as well as larger economic, environmental and social benefits to families and communities. Breastfeeding must be considered the standard for infant feeding in the first year of life or longer.
Health benefits-breastfeeding are not confined to infants and children. Mothers who breastfeed within the first 30-60 minutes after the birth of their infants and who continue breastfeeding at least through the baby’s first year, will gain both immediate and lifelong health benefits.
Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development while protecting the child against infectious and chronic diseases. Nutritious composition of breast milk is essential preventing killer diseases that are common to children.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby and it comes with a lots of benefits to the baby. However, unknown to many mothers, it is important for mothers to know that there are benefits for them when they breastfeed their babies.
- Breastfeeding is a natural form of birth control (Lactational amenorrhea). It helps to prevent pregnancy in nursing mothers. it reduces the risk of ovarian cancer
- Hormones released when you breastfeed your baby helps your uterus contract and shrink back to normal. It quicken recovery process for the mother
- Oxytocin, a natural hormone released during breastfeeding helps you feel relaxed.
- Women who breastfeed their babies are less likely to have breast cancer and osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from the loss of tissue)
- Breastfeeding increases bond with your baby.