The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

6/26/2018

For many moms, there are multiple factors that go into the decision to breastfeed - lifestyle, finances, personal preference, family support. But most moms agree that at the top of the list are the serious health and development benefits for your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding start with the first feeding right after delivery, and continue after baby is weaned and into later life. Check out some of the amazing benefits of breastfeeding for your baby!

  • The first feedings contain colostrum, which delivers a high concentration of antibodies. The laxative effect of colostrum gently clears baby’s intestine, decreasing the chance of jaundice.

  • As you continue to breastfeed, that liquid gold containing antibodies, enzymes, and white blood cells protects your baby from viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections and illnesses.

  • Baby’s immune system benefits greatly from your breast milk, as it encourages the growth of probiotics and “good bacteria” in the digestive tract.

  • Additional immune components in breast milk provide protection against food allergies and eczema early in life.

  • Breast milk provides a defense against some common childhood illnesses (ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, types of meningitis), and can protect against some chronic conditions like celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and even some childhood cancers. 

  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS, and increases the effectiveness of immunizations.

  • When at your breast, the sucking action of your baby strengthens oral muscles, facial bones, and supports good dental development.

  • Breastfeeding supports brain development, and is shown to improve IQ scores later in life.

  • Breastfeeding may help prevent obesity and lower your child’s risk of developing diabetes in adolescence and adulthood.

  • When breastfeeding, you and your baby create a special bond unlike any other, and the hormones released while you feed your little one lower stress levels.

There’s a reason why it’s called “liquid gold” – breast milk is truly amazing in what it can do for your baby. While you may have many challenges along your breastfeeding journey, keep reminding yourself of the benefits of breastfeeding and all the good things that liquid gold is doing for your baby.