Whenever a mom-to-be is planning for her upcoming arrival whether it is her first one or her forth, one of the things she will decide on likely before she gives birth whether she will breastfeed her baby or not. Even though not every mom wants to breastfeed or can, there are many benefits of breastfeeding that moms who are planning to do so need to know. And for the moms who choose not to nurse or cannot, they should not feel bad at all. In fact, formula companies do a great job of simulating breast milk. Not to mention, after all, fed is best, but right now we will talk about why feeding the infant breast milk has so many advantages:
Baby Will be Healthier
This is actually one of the biggest benefits of breastfeeding that moms need to know about. Breast milk has properties that will help keep your baby strong for the following reasons:
- A stronger immune system. Breastfed babies have fewer colds, cases of pneumonia as well as other infections.
- Helps the baby stay healthy in the long run. There have been studies conducted that babies that were fed breast milk have lower odds of developing cancer, diabetes and autoimmune conditions later in life.
- Vaccines are quite effective. Research has indicated that babies that were breastfed have a very good antibody response after receiving vaccines.
Mom Will Be Healthier
Breastfeeding is just as good for mom as it is for the baby for a variety of reasons and some of those are:
- Stronger bones. Mom has much less of a chance of developing conditions like postmenopausal osteoporosis, which means after menopause mom’s bones will likely be quite strong
- It’s good for the waistline. Breastfeeding helps mom lose the baby weight fast, and it burns off plenty of calories, and moms can have 500 extra calories while breastfeeding because 20 ounces of breastmilk a day uses up 400 calories alone.
- Helps mom heal quicker. When mom is nursing her baby, she is releasing oxytocin which helps the uterus contract and helps reduce the post-delivery loss of blood. Therefore, the uterus will return to its normal size in 6 weeks.
Good for the Budget
The fact of the matter is that formula is quite expensive. Moms that are nursing still have to invest in a breast pump and in bottles, but that alone is not costly. The baby formula does take a lot away from the bank account. The only higher cost aside from the pump and bottles for breastfeeding moms is the extra food for them.
Nursing is Eco-Friendly
Dairy cows that are used to make baby formula are a huge contributor to climate change because, well as rude as it sounds their belching, flatulence and manure end up releasing a lot of methane. This particular gas is harmful to the Earth. The more cows that are needed, the more harmful it is to the environment and this has been a proven fact.
However, even though there are plenty of other benefits of breastfeeding that were not listed here- moms who are unable to nurse or who decide not to nurse should not feel guilty after reading this either. Formula fed babies turn out just fine as well, especially if they are fed healthy food as they mature.