- Pure, efficient, and cheap, maternal milk has the right amount of vitamins, proteins, and minerals the baby needs for healthy development and a fortified immune system.
- Immunoglobulins and lymphocytes found in the mother’s milk can help the baby fight off any virus or bacteria that might affect them during the first few months – and for the rest of their lives. To give you an idea, maternal milk protects the child from diarrhea, allergies, ear infections, and obesity. For premature babies, it helps with growth.
- Maternal milk doesn’t ferment as much as cow milk or powdered milk when digested, producing fewer gases and avoiding the feared newborn colics. It helps lower intestinal discomfort because the baby sucks in less air when breastfeeding than when sucking on a bottle.
- Breastfeeding helps prevent respiratory diseases for the baby. As they breastfeed, they’ll learn to use their nose to breathe, avoiding the “mouth breathing syndrome.” Thus combating the maxilla and teeth’ incorrect positioning, atypical swallowing, high-arched palate, and difficulty speaking.
- While the woman breastfeeds, the oxytocin hormone induces the uterus to contract and go back to its original size. Another benefit in the postpartum stage is avoiding long-term bleeding during this time.
- Children who breastfeed have better cognitive development. This happens because the fat present in maternal milk is composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids responsible for forming the child’s neurons and favoring synapses.
- As it inhibits estrogen synthesis, breastfeeding is a way to prevent breast and endometrial cancer. Women who breastfeed are also at less risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. One of the reasons is that to produce milk, the body takes away about 50 mg of sugar from the bloodstream every day. Besides, prolactin acts on the cells that synthesize insulin, which regulates glucose levels in the blood.
- Breastfeeding makes it, so the woman loses about 700 calories every day, which helps – a lot – in recovering her pre-baby weight.
- Breastfeeding can help you feel empowered, safe, less anxious, and stressed. It can help soothe and provide a feeling of comfort and care for the baby, minimizing their crying.
- It’s not just about breastfeeding to ensure your baby’s survival but also to nurture them with safety, love, and unity. Eye contact during breastfeeding and the mother’s touch on the child’s hands, face and hair, build a unique affectionate bond, which will last a lifetime.
No mother should feel like a villain for not breastfeeding.
Avoid making yourself the “bad guy” if you opt for not breastfeeding your child and use the formula from an early age. Whatever your reason may be, it’s your decision to make.
Believe it or not: taking responsibility according to your possibilities is better than suffering. |There is no need to feel angry or guilty as you live a moment that should be peaceful and full of joy.
We at BabyHome, know there are other ways to strengthen the bond with your child and show all the love you feel for them.
You’re at the very beginning of this beautiful journey! As you feed your child with a bottle, look into their eyes, smile, say kind and soothing words. If you’re happy, your baby will be happy as well.
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