The health of a toddler is decided in his first year since birth. A lot of moms do not realize just how important is breastfeeding and how it can help them and the child. Everyone seems to abandon breastfeeding after only a few months which is completely wrong. His first six months since birth are the most important ones and nothing can replace the vitamins and nutrients contained by natural breast milk. The formula milk if far enough to provide the baby with all the nutrients it needs. Multiple studies have been performed to prove just how beneficial breastfeeding is for the baby and for the moms that do not know it yet. It can reduce the risk of breast cancer, SIDS, illnesses, allergies, and the list can continue with quite a few benefits. Without further ado here are the top 10 benefits of breastfeeding.
10. It Saves Money
If the child is not fed with breast milk, that doesn’t mean that the mother will stop producing milk and this can even become visible. All moms know exactly what happens and how many times they have to change their shirt during the day. Stopping breastfeeding means that money is wasted on baby milk while the natural one is wasted. At the same time, since the baby milk that mothers buy is partially paid for by the government, breastfeeding can save even more money. A recent study showed that $13 billion can be saved each year if moms would breastfeed for the first 6 months of the baby.
9. It Burns Calories And Reduces Anxiety
Breastfeeding is not only important for the child. The mother benefits as well. All mothers go through significant changes during pregnancy and gain weight. Breastfeeding consumes an average of 500 calories each day. At the same time, it helps reduce anxiety and post-birth stress and depression. A lot of mothers go through a psychological breakdown after birth. Breastfeeding has been demonstrated through extensive research to reduce these symptoms.
8. Reduces The Chances For The Baby To Develop Allergies
In recent years, scientists noticed that developed countries have a higher percentage of babies that are allergic to various substances. This phenomenon has been identified to be linked with natural breast milk and more precisely, the lack of it. Babies that are not breastfed tend to be more vulnerable and develop allergies. Countries in which baby milk is less popular tend to have a lower occurrence of child allergies.
7. Reduces Child Obesity
Even if the baby milk sold as a replacement for breast milk is approved and considered safe, there are consequences for the baby. One of them is obesity. Statistics show that children that are fed with the mother’s natural milk do not become overweight. It is believed that the animal protein and fat in the baby milk that is commercialized causes lead to this phenomenon. The mother’s milk contains less fat.
6. Reduces The Chances Of Developing Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is one of the biggest concerns of every woman and most of them do not realize just how important it is to breastfeed. It has been long proven that women that do not breastfeed are more susceptible to cancer. If women that stop breastfeeding after 3 months would continue for another 4 to 12 months, the risk of developing breast cancer can be reduced by 11%. If the period is extended to 24 months, the risk is reduced by 25%.
5. It Will Help The Baby Have A Better Smile
The milk offered by the mom helps the baby improve his bone strength. This means that the teeth will also benefit and the chance of developing malocclusion or misaligned teeth are reduced. This means that money can be saved as braces will not be needed.
4. It Can Make The Child Smarter
Breastfeeding can improve a child’s IQ and becomes visible near the age of 8 years old. This can be influenced by the education received, social status, parents and so on. However, if one child would be breastfed while the other would stop receiving his mother’s milk after the first 3 months, the difference in IQ becomes visible assuming that both of them benefit from the exact same educational and social environments.
3. It Is Like A Natural Vaccine
The mother’s antibodies are present in breast milk. Formula milk lacks this key element and thus does not help the child’s immune system develop properly. This means that the baby is more likely to develop diseases at an early age. It is also one of the main causes of child mortality. A lot of babies could have survived if only they were breastfed to have their immune system strengthen. If every baby would be breastfed from the moment of birth and up to the age of two, 220 000 lives would be saved each year. Unfortunately, only 40% of the children are exclusively breastfeed according to a worldwide scale statistic.
2. Reduces The Risk Of Developing Child Cancer
Cancer is a disease that is very difficult to prevent and for most adults, even if they live a healthy life they can still end up developing it. In the past few years, the occurrence of cancer in infants has increased and there are reasons to believe that the excess use of formula milk might trigger the problem. The vast majority of cases of infant cancer have been noticed on children that were not breast fed. This does not mean that the formula milk causes cancer but the breast milk helps the baby to stay healthy.
1. Can Reduce The Risk Of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Sudden infant death syndrome is more of a medical mystery. It is the main cause of death for babies with ages between 1 month and 1 year old. This event occurs without any warning and no illness or disease is discovered to be linked to the death of the baby. Recent studies and statistics revealed that SIDS tends to occur less frequently in babies that are breast fed. The numbers recorded showed that children that are not fed with formula milk have a 50% reduced risk of becoming a victim to SIDS.