5 Benefits to Breastfeeding Your Child

Breastfeeding your child is a personal choice. Some mother’s choose to breast milk for their child because they want the bonding time with their newborn, while others prefer to use breast milk in a bottle. There is no right or wrong way to breastfeed your child. However, many are still undecided about whether or not to breastfeed until the day the child is born. If you’re unsure why you should breastfeed your baby, take a look at these 5 benefits for breastfeeding your child.

  1. Breast Milk has everything your child needs to grow and is easier to digest than formula. Although formula offers a variety of nutritional sources, it cannot compare to the nutritional value of breast milk.
  2. Breast Milk lowers your child’s risk for: SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), asthma, allergies, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, as well as certain forms of cancer; all while providing your child with your antibodies to help fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfed babies are also less likely to become overweight or diabetic.
  3. Research has linked breastfed children to having a higher IQ later in childhood.
  4. Breastfeeding is beneficial to the mother. It helps to burn more calories, allowing you to lose the extra pregnancy weight you gained faster. Not to mention, it also helps to lower the risk of osteoporosis, and specific forms of cancer, such as breast and/or ovarian.
  5. Breastfeeding is cheaper and saves time. A mother naturally produces breast milk. You don’t have to purchase nipples or formula. Plus you don’t have to worry about warming up bottles in the middle of the night, allowing you to get more of the sleep you crave.

Although there are reasons not to breastfeed your children, it is more beneficial for a mother to breastfeed. It not only saves her time and money, but it also provides a unique nutritional source that cannot be replicated. Infants are easily susceptible to disease, and breastfeeding your child will help them to combat the viruses, bacteria, and infections they come into contact with. So if you are on the fence on whether or not you should give your child breast milk or formula, think about the benefits of breast milk for both you and your child.

Author: Chelsea O’Neill

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