Babies naturally get the wholesome nutrition they need from breast milk, which formula milk cannot give
Breast milk provides a perfect combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that a baby needs for its growth. It also provides antibodies to fight viruses as well as bacterias, and strengthen the immune system. Mothers milk is more easily digested than infant formula milk. The advantages of breast milk are not just limited to better resistance against diseases but also a higher IQ later in the newborn’s life and numerous health benefits for the mother.
Here are the comprehensive health benefits of breastfeeding:
- Better nutrition
World Health Organization has revealed that almost one-third of infant deaths are caused because of improper and inadequate nutrition. It has been proven that breast milk provides nutrients that include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. These are helpful for the best growth of the child.
- Provision of antibodies
At birth, babies do not have a fully developed immune system. A baby can easily get diseases such as jaundice, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza. Breast milk has more antibodies that help a baby build resistance. Opting not to would mean lower immunity and higher chances of the baby falling ill.
- Higher IQ
Many studies say that breastfeeding leads to a higher IQ later on in the baby’s life. Research suggests that higher IQ as a result of breastfeeding.
- Fewer respiratory infections, diarrhea and ear infections
Newborn baby care includes visiting the doctor frequently. The infants fall sick due to respiratory infections, diarrhea, and ear infections. They are reduced when they are fed with breast milk as compared to formula milk. Breast milk provides the best nutrition and more antibodies to the baby.
- Lower risks of asthma or allergies
Asthma and allergies are generally not treatable conditions and may last a lifetime. This may prevent the baby from doing many physical activities when he/she gets older. This problem is likely to reduce if the mother breastfeeds the child.
- Lower risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)
This may seem like a very uncommon and rare disease, but SIDS or cot death is one of the primary cause of infant deaths aged between one month and one year. Breastfeeding has been proven to decrease the occurrence of SIDS on a very high level.
- Better health for the mother
Pregnancy and baby birth is very strenuous for the mother’s health. Newborn baby care comes with significant responsibilities too. Breastfeeding helps a woman as it helps the mother to lose pregnancy weight and return her uterus to its previous size. It also reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancer as well as osteoporosis.
- Cost- Effective
Breastfeeding can prove to be a cost-effective option for people as compared to the costs incurred using formula milk.
Whereas, Formula milk and its sterilization equipment can cost loads.
Thus a familiar debate among women during pregnancy and those with a newborn baby is whether to feed breast milk or formula milk. Your decision should be based on the health benefits that you and your infant can derive.