One of the most important ways of caring for your baby during the first few months is through exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding your baby comes with a number of health benefits for your baby, which is why experts advocate that you give your baby as much breast milk as possible. The human breast milk is known to be rich in all the nutrients required to give your baby the best start in life to ensure optimum health. According to studies by expert pediatricians, your baby is not the only one who benefits from breastfeeding, as a nursing mum, breastfeeding your baby helps you in a number of ways as well. Below are some well-known benefits of breastfeeding.
Protects baby from long list of sicknesses
According to studies, breastfeeding your baby keeps away sicknesses like stomach viruses, ear infections, lower respiratory illnesses, meningitis, etc. The best breastfeeding according to expert recommendations is six months exclusive breastfeeding (no solid food, formula, or water)
Lower death rates
Studies by National Institute of Health and Environmental Health Sciences have shown that breastfeeding your babies lowers their risk of dying before 28 days and one year by 20%.
The first breast milk your body produces for your baby contains a substance known as secretory immunoglobulin found in large amounts in colostrums and smaller amounts in mature breast milk. This substance guards your baby against invading germs through the formation of mucous membranes in the intestines, throat and nose of your baby.
Adequate breastfeeding has been found to help children avoid several diseases that strike in later years like high cholesterol, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Studies have shown that babies who were not breastfed face high risks of developing diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Protects your baby from developing allergies
Studies have shown that babies who were fed on soy milk or cow’s milk stand higher risks of having allergic reactions than babies fed on breast milk.Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies
Babies who are fed a formula based on cow's milk or soy tend to have more allergic reactions than breastfed babies. The layer of protection formed on babies intestinal tract when they are fed on breast milk are not found in babies fed on other types of milks, which exposes them to allergies and lots of other health problems.
Various researches carried out by notable scholars have shown that there is a connection between breastfeeding and your baby’s cognitive development. Prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding have been found to give babies very high IQ levels.
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