The benefits of Breastfeeding are unmatched when it comes to your baby’s health and growth. After all, breast milk sets the foundation for your kid.
Breastfeeding is a common phenomenon and far underrated in terms of awareness. Every mom breastfeeds her child but not every mom knows how to do it right or what the advantages or disadvantages are, for that matter! Yes. Disadvantages. You heard it right. There are disadvantages of breastfeeding if it’s not done the right way.
Importance of breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding should begin as soon as possible after the birth of the child. You should feed your baby every one to three hours within every 24 hours i.e., 8 – 12 times a day. Babies should be breastfed for the first six months and this should be continued without interruption until your child is 12 months old and further.
The benefits of breastfeeding also extend well beyond providing basic nutrition and transferring all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life. Breast milk is packed with disease-fighting nutrients that protect the baby from various illnesses.
That’s one reason why many doctors recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months. Breast milk is a complete food for an infant.
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The Current Scenario—Common Breastfeeding Problems
Breastfeeding is recognized as the best way to feed an infant as it has the capability to protect mothers and infants from a variety of health problems. Even so, numerous women who start breastfeeding usually stop before the recommended six months.
The reason being that the mothers find the process tough as there is less information about this. Mothers have to suffer problems such as nipple and breast pain, breast infections, discharge of blood from nipples and more. Today, almost 70% of new parents struggle with pain due to breastfeeding and the conditions that follow.
Improper breastfeeding also leads to lower calories transferred to the baby, leading to health issues. The problem can be dealt with by spreading awareness.
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Advantages of breastfeeding
1. Benefits for the child
- It is the ultimate food your baby needs with the right mix of nutrients, in an easily digestible form. No formula can meet a baby’s needs as well as mother’s milk.
- Vitamins, enzymes, and minerals in breast milk keep the baby’s intestinal tract healthy.
- It contains antibodies that protect your infant from infections and diseases.
- It keeps your child hydrated.
- Reduces the chances of allergies such as eczema and asthma.
- Cholesterol in breastmilk promotes brain growth, intestinal bile, and hormonal balance.
- Even a mother suffering from malnutrition produces healthy milk for her baby.
2. Benefits for the mother
- It’s free and does not require any preparation.
- Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between the mother and the child.
- It helps you lose weight by burning calories.
- Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin which is responsible to make you feel happy, thereby promoting better overall health.
What Happens When Your Baby Is Not Breastfed Properly?
Read on the common problems associated with improper breastfeeding in newborns are:
- Inadequate milk intake
- Deficiency of calcium, causing jaundice
- Yellow spotting on the body
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- Diabetes in the future
- Respiratory issues
- Reduced immunity
- Reduced mental strength
- Reduced overall wellness
What happens when mothers don’t breastfeed?
- The milk can react with other parts of your body
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Greater chances of hip fractures
- Lack of bonding with your child
- Irritation and Breast pain
- Breast infections
Stay Aware. Stay Healthy.