When a woman turns to a mom for the first time, she needs to be guided and mentored in the right way. One such important factor other than hygiene is breastfeeding habits for new moms. Breastfeeding has got many benefits for the mom as well as the baby.
1. A DISEASE-FREE BABY
Breastfeeding provides all the necessary nutrients to a newborn baby and prevents diseases like pneumonia, flu and cold, and other viral disorders. Gut disorders like diarrhoea also are minimized in the newborn babies.
2. PREVENTION OF MAJOR DISORDERS
Breastfeeding also prevents diseases like Type-I Diabetes, Celiac diseases, and Crohn’s disease and avoids the baby to be chronic to such diseases and health conditions.
3. HEALTHIER AND STRONGER BONES
Research reads that breastfeeding women are less prone to osteoporosis or bone arthritis after their body hits menopause.
It is also found that female bodies tend to absorb more calcium during pregnancy and lactation phases of body life.
This implies to the conclusion that though the bones around the spine and hips may be lower in density during breastfeeding, they tend to become more strong and dense post the lactation cycle. This also helps in avoiding Haemo-calcium nutrition supplements during menopause in women.
4. PREVENTS DEATH SYNDROMES IN BABIES
Some newborn babies are prone to ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’. But breastfeeding has proved to prevent the SID syndrome by 50 percent in all newborn babies.
5. STABLE WEIGHT
Breastfeeding also has proved to stabilize the weight of the mom and the baby post pregnancy and lactation period leading to a fit mom and baby.
6. BURNING UP CALORIES
Breastfeeding has been proved to help in burning up to 500 calories during a day. The reason being that breast milk contains up to 20 calories per ounce and if a newborn baby feeds up to 20 ounces per day then the mom loses up to 400 calories per day during lactation.
7. NATURE AND EARTH FRIENDLY
Breastfeeding can help a new mom to contribute to the mother earth as artificial food supplements like milk powder or cereal powder in packaged format contain elements that cause global warming and also produce greenhouse gases like that of methane.
8. SPEEDY HEALING OF THE BODY POSTPARTUM
When the baby feeds, the body releases a hormone called oxytocin, which helps the uterus to contract back to its original stage in just 6 weeks as compared to 10 weeks, without breastfeeding. Also contracting of the uterus controls blood loss from the body post delivery of the baby and healing the body at a faster pace.
9. LOWERING THE RISK OF CANCER IN THE BODY
Research reads that breastfeeding helps in decreasing the risk of childhood cancers in the baby as also minimal risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cysts or cancer in an early stage.
10. FEELING OF EMPOWERMENT
It is a joyful and thriving moment to accept the fact that the baby grows healthily only through the nutrition received from breast milk alone.
11. A CUSTOM MADE MEDICINE FOR LIFE
Breast milk contains colostrum or which is secreted before the milk and marks the beginning of motherhood. The colostrum contains antibodies for building the immunity system of the baby, also is high in protein and low in sugar which can serve to the baby’s appetite.
The lactogenic milk which is the actual breast milk is higher in sugar and thicker than colostrum, is secreted after 3- 4 days post delivery. This milk is easily digestible for the baby and contains calories required for the baby to grow steadily.
12. RESPONSE TO VACCINES
Research reads that, babies which are breastfed are found to respond more effectively to vaccines as compared to non- breastfed babies.
13. MENSTRUAL CYCLE SPEEDS OFF ON A VACATION
When a new mom begins breastfeeding, hormones like prolactin are released in the mother’s body, which bars the estrogen and progesterone to affect the body and does not invite ovulation in the body. Hence sending periods on a vacation.
Apart from these, breast milk does not require to be set at a certain temperature to be consumed.