Wellness - Other | 0-18 yrs

7 Breastfeeding Benefits For Both Mother And Baby

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Anxious to lose your weight that you accumulated during the nine months of pregnancy? Wondering how to boost your newborn’s immunity? The answer lies in the simple act of breastfeeding.

When you breastfeed a baby, you not only satiate his hunger and provide nourishment. According to the World Health Organisation, breastfeeding is the ideal way to provide essential nutrients for the growth and development of infants. Nursing your little one also gives mothers a chance to bond with their babies. What's more, breastfeeding has lots of benefits for the mother as well. For instance, women who breastfeed may find it easier to lose weight after delivery, which is mostly seen after the first three months.

Breast milk contains important antibodies, so if you want children with strong resistance to diseases, breast milk is the way to go. These antibodies  help your baby fight viruses and bacteria. Compared to children who receive formula food, babies who are exclusively breastfed in the first six months are less likely to develop allergies or respiratory infections. They also have better resistance against ear infections and diarrhoea.      

This ClipBook looks at seven benefits of breastfeeding not only for the mother but the baby as well.

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Breast Milk Promotes A Healthy Weight

Babies who are fed milk from their mothers’ breasts gain less weight over their first year compared to babies fed milk — breast or formula — from a bottle, suggests a study.

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Breastfeeding Helps The Uterus Contract

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Mothers Who Breastfeed Have A Lower Risk Of Depression

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