Benefits of Breastfeeding

There seems to be no end to the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. With each passing year new research and proven studies continue to discover new and exciting ways that human milk provides the best nourishment and protection for human kind.

Your breastmilk helps to defend your baby against illnesses; viruses and bacteria. While even breastfed babies can get sick, their illnesses are usually briefer and less dangerous compared to formula-fed babies.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

♥ Human breastmilk is designed for human babies!

♥ Breastmilk is free and it’s available at anytime in exactly the right quantity at just the right temperature.

♥ Breastmilk has a pleasant smell and breastfed babies produce mild smelling diapers.

♥ Breastmilk is rich in live cells.

♥ Babies digest breastmilk better than formula. It has the highest level of absorbable calories and therefore produces less waste – in other words breastmilk is the easiest food for babies to digest.

♥ Breastfeeding helps to create a lifetime bond between mother and child.

♥ Breastfeeding increases intelligence. Several studies have found a connection between breastfeeding and higher IQs. Babies that were breastfed for seven to nine months had higher IQs as adults than those breastfed for less than seven months. The fatty acids in breast milk are most probably responsible for baby's improved brain development. Experts also agree that babies breastfed for six months or more benefit from an emotional attachment that probably contributes to some of the boost in intelligence as well.

♥ Breastfeeding provides instant calming and reassuring for babies.

♥ Breastfed babies are at a lower risk for SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A few studies found a connection between lowered rates of SIDS. What's is known is that breastfeeding helps prevent respiratory and gastrointestinal infections which, may be related to SIDS.

♥ Breastfed babies are healthier which tends to lower health care costs.

♥ Breast milk contains countless immune molecules that help protect babies from germs. Studies determined that immune factors – mainly immunoglobin A - found in colostrum, the milk that mothers first produce for newborns, create a protective mucous barrier in the newborn’s digestive tract, nose and throat which, later protects them against invasion by germs.

♥ Benefits of breastfeeding - protection against many illnesses.

Numerous studies from around the world have shown that exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months offers the most protection against sickness including:

Ear infections



Upper and lower respiratory diseases such as asthma and pneumonia

Allergies - Many different studies have concluded that breastfeeding for six months or more lowers the risk that your baby will proceed to develop food or respiratory allergies and asthma. One particular study discovered that premature babies born into families with a history of allergies had a lower risk of developing eczema than formula-fed preemies.

Researchers believe that immune factors such as IgA the fatty acids in breast milk prevent avert allergic reactions by preventing foreign proteins from entering the baby’s system.

Intestinal disorders

Colds and viruses

Killers such as salmonella, staph, strep, and e coli


Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Several childhood cancers - Studies have shown that breastfeeding can lower a baby's risk of developing both acute lymphoblastic and acute myeloid leukemia.

Urinary tract infections

Benefits of breastfeeding - protection against adult illnesses. Scientists think antibodies in breast milk give a baby's immune system a boost. Breastfed babies become adults at lower risk for developing:

Crohn's Disease

Ulcerative colitis

Some lymphomas


Atopic disease

Insulin dependent Type-1 diabetes

♥ Breastmilk supplies lactoferrin, which is the best source of iron for infants, and also has antibacterial and antiviral benefits.

♥ Breastfed babies are at lower risk for becoming obese adults.

There are several reasons for breastfeeding affecting weight gain later in life: Compared with breastfed babies, formula-fed babies gain weight faster in the first weeks of life and it is this rapid weight gain which is linked with later obesity. Babies that are breastfed learn to develop healthy eating patterns from infancy and are more able to regulate their own food intake. There is less insulin in breastmilk.

♥ Breastmilk has essential fatty acids which, causes breastfed babies to have higher cognitive function and better visual perception.

♥ Breastfeeding mothers benefit from a reduced risk of:

Breast & ovarian cancer Research has revealed that the longer women breastfeed, the more they're protected against breast and ovarian cancer. The fact that lactation suppresses the amount of estrogen your body produces may contribute to the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer.

Benefits of breastfeeding and breast cancer

Osteoporosis Breastfeeding women lose some bone density when they start breastfeeding, probably due to a calcium deficiency or low estrogen, but those losses are recovered during or after weaning. Two studies show that breastfeeding actually enhances a woman's bone density in the long term and reduces the risk of hip fractures in old age.

♥ Breastfeeding helps mothers to lose pregnancy weight. Producing breastmilk uses a lot of your calories so breastfeeding can help you lose weight.

Benefits of breastfeeding - diet

♥ Breastfeeding calms mothers and reduces post-partum bleeding Breastfeeding your baby causes your body to release oxytocin, a hormone. Oxytocin helps your uterus contract back to size after birth, resulting in less bleeding. This hormone has been called the “love hormone” by scientists who have proven it responsible for promoting the desire to nurture and protect in animals and results in a feeling of relaxation while breastfeeding.

New parents want to give their babies the very best. Breast milk is the superior choice when it comes to nutrition and providing for your baby.

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