Breast milk is the best food for your baby and there are many advantages of breastfeeding.
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Breastmilk provides optimal nutrition for babies.
It is also easily digested by babies and readily available anytime, anywhere.
However, the rate of breastfeeding is as low as 30% in some groups of women.
Some women are unable to breastfeed, while others simply choose not to.
Yet, studies show that breastfeeding has major health benefits for both mother and baby.
Here are the benefits of breastfeeding:
1. Breastmilk Protects Your Baby As Well As Nourishing Them
Breast milk is full of live ingredients which include stem cells, white blood cells and beneficial bacteria.
Breast milk also contains bioactive components such as antibodies, enzymes and hormones.
All of this help in fighting infection to prevent diseases and contribute to normal healthy development.
Babies who are breastfeeding in their six months are less likely to suffer from diarrheas and sickness, gastroenteritis, colds and flu, ear and chest infections and thrush.
Compared to formula-fed infants, breastfeed babies are half likely to be a victim of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or cot death).
2. Breastmilk Helps Your Baby To Recover Faster
Breastfeed babies do get sick sometimes but by breastfeeding your baby when he is sick, your breastmilk will act as healing aids for your baby.
If a baby or a mother gets an illness, the protective components in her milk tend to increase.
It is more likely that a breastfeed baby tend to recover fast than a formula-fed baby because the mother’s body produces specific antibodies against whatever infection that your baby may pick up.
3. Breastmilk Soothe Your Little Angel
It does not only focus on nutrition and immunity but breastfeeding your baby when they are sick or upset will comfort and soothe them.
Never underestimate this important benefit.
Studied also have shown that, breastfeeding your baby reduces crying and provides relief when they are having their vaccinations.