As mammals, it’s in our nature to feed our little ones with the help of our mammary glands, but according to a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only 8 out of 10 mothers breastfeed. So what happens to the 20% of the mommas?
Physiological problems like true low breastmilk supply, dependency on illegal drugs, taking medication that is not compatible with breastfeeding, or an infectious disease may prevent mothers to nourish their child through breastfeeding. In addition, birth issues like prematurity, cleft lip and palate, and down syndrome may prevent babies to breastfeed directly from their mothers right away. And lastly, conditions that prevent the baby’s body from breaking particles like galactose and certain amino acids may also lead to the baby requiring a special infant formula.
At the end of the day, it should be the mother’s personal decision whether to breastfeed or not. But just in case you decide not to breastfeed, here are 5 benefits to mums that come with breastfeeding that you will be miss out on:
- A stronger bond with your child – nothing is more important in a parent-child relationship than the bond that is built during the countless times of diaper change, lullabies, breastfeeding, etc. Bonding does not only bring a psychological boost to mothers, but research has proven that babies that have been breastfed are more likely to show signs of compassion than those who don’t.
Nourishment – It’s a no-brainer that this made it to the list, but did you know that it has been proven that organic milk is more nutritious than the infant formula milk? Mother’s milk has been tested and checked against the leading, commercially available formulamilk and they all fall behind the perfect composition of the organic milk, in terms of vitamin, proteins, fats,and carbohydrates.
A stronger immune system - Statistically speaking, infants who are fed by their mother’s milk are less likely to contact viruses as the breast milk contains the vital antibodies, and this leads to a healthier baby with significantlyfewer visits to the pediatrician.
- Higher IQ – Looking to raise the next Einstein? Well, according to another study, babies who are breastfed for first few months after birth grow up to be a lot smarter than the other babies.
- Energy - Unsurprisingly, healthier babies tend to be active, playful and quirky. Amid all the stress that comes with cleaning up after the little one, you will be rewarded with cute moments as the baby continue to develop and learn new things – something that you will treasure for years to come.
Think breastfeeding is only beneficial to our babies? Well, think again! Here are 5 benefits that you will enjoy as a breastfeeding momma:
- A healthier you - Breastfeeding reduces the chance of you having diseases in old age. Some of these diseases include osteoporosis and breast cancer.
Feel sexy, and be sexy - Breastfeeding burns calories, yes you read that right, it actually helpsto reduce the pregnancy weight that you are freaking out about!
Butterflies in your stomach - When youbreastfeed your child, your body releases a hormone known as oxytocin, which is also the same hormone released when you look at or kiss a loved one. Oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone”, allows you to relive that falling in love experience over and over again.
- Economic - Breastfeeding gets rid of the hassle of constantly buying, sterilizing the milk bottles and preparing the formula milk. Giving you more time to play with your little one, and help you save some cash on the side!
With all the benefits that come with it, we highly suggest that you opt to breastfeed your child (compared to bottle feeding them right away). Not only will it help optimize health for both you and your baby, but also create memories that you will cherish forever.