Benefits of breastfeeding for your baby:
Right nutrients, right balance. Breast milk has the right proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and other nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop.
Easy to digest. Unlike proteins found in regular cow’s milk, the proteins in breast milk are naturally gentle and easy to digest.
Bio-available iron. Contains iron that’s easy for your baby to absorb. The quantity of iron in breast milk may be low, but it is bio-availability makes it significant for the baby.
Builds tolerance. Helps protect your baby against early food allergies, protein intolerance and sensitivity.
Offers protection. Provides natural protective antibodies and other immune-related benefits.
Helps digestive system. Fosters a healthy environment in your baby’s digestive system.
Evolves. Changes to meet the changing needs of your growing baby.
Creates bonding. Provides a perfect opportunity for bonding with your baby.
Reduces risks. Reduces the risk of diarrhoea and respiratory illnesses.
Benefits of breastfeeding for you:
Produces helpful hormones. Stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin, which causes your uterus to contract and return to its pre-pregnancy size.
Burns calories. Helps burn extra calories and lowers fat stores, helping you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight more quickly.
Creates bonding. Provides the perfect opportunity for snuggling, bonding and skin-to-skin contact.
Risk of becoming pregnant reduced. Mothers who breastfeed exclusively and frequently have less than 2% risk of becoming pregnant in the first six months of delivery, provided they still have amenorrhoea.
Longer health. Less chance of developing osteoporosis and breast or ovarian cancer later in life.
Breastfeeding is the best thing that can happen to both you and your baby in the first year. Knowing the benefits make you make the most of the moments. Follow them and watch your baby grow up to be healthy and happy.