10 Amazing breastfeeding facts!

We Mums have always been told that “Breast is best”. We know that breast milk is good for our child but a lot of us don’t know the exact details of why it is so wonderful.
Here is a list of the amazing benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding:

1. Mothers milk boosts their baby’s immune system. It helps to fight bacterial, viral and parasitic infections including:

⁃ Ear Infections
⁃ Pneumonia
⁃ Respiratory infections
⁃ Bacterial meningitis
⁃ Urinary tract infections (UTI)
⁃ Diarrhoea and vomiting
⁃ Colds, coughs and flus

2. As well as reducing illness in babies, it can also reduce the child’s risk later in life with illnesses such as:

⁃ Diabetes – type 1 and 2
⁃ Leukemia
⁃ Obesity
⁃ High blood pressure
⁃ Cholesterol
⁃ Asthma
⁃ Eczema

3. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of the Mother getting:

⁃ Ovarian cancer
⁃ Breast cancer
⁃ Cardiovascular disease
⁃ Osteoporosis
⁃ Obesity
The longer the Mother breastfeeds, the more she benefits.

4. Breastfeeding helps the Mother heal quicker postpartum. It helps the uterus to return to pre-pregnancy size faster and decreases postpartum blood loss.

5. When breast feeding, you need approx 1000 calories a day to produce the milk. It is advised to take in an extra 500 calories a day as you end up burning a huge amount while nursing. With so many calories being used, it helps the Mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight faster.

6. A mothers body is continually making the right milk for the baby. As the baby grows, the milk changes its nutritional profile to meet the baby’s needs. It can even change depending on the day. For example, if its very hot day, the milk may be more watery so your child does not get de-hydrated.

7. Breast milk contains substances that promote calmness and good sleep for the baby.

8. It is a wonderful way for Mother and baby to bond.

9. A mothers breast can detect any fluctuation in their babies body temperature and they adjust according to this. They can heat up and cool down to meet their child’s needs. This is why experts say that skin to skin contact is so important.

10. Breastfeeding reduces the child’s risk of cavities later in life.

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