Breast Feeding and its importance
Breastfeeding is a very important topic and a crucial phase in the life of a child. This should be properly followed and taken care of. Today we will we discussing what is breastfeeding and why breastfeeding is so necessary.
What is breastfeeding?
Like all other mammals, humans also have the presence of mammary glands. It is the most inexpensive way of nurturing the infant in its initial age. Basically breastfeeding is the process of feeding a child with milk that he/she directly gets from a breast. It is that time when the baby feels the warmth and compassion of his/her parents along with that bond with them. It has been suggested by the AAP that a woman must breastfeed their child for at least 6-months. Due to lack of awareness, when a woman starts facing difficulty in breastfeeding they tend to switch to powdered milk without addressing the problem, and this switching generally happens way before the bare minimum of 6 months.
Why is breastfeeding important?
Breastfeeding is a natural phenomenon that is not only beneficial for the infant but also helps the mother in many ways.
- Nutritional Value
Some people think that packaged milk offers the same nutritional value as the breast-milk, but if you think deeply that is a copy of the breast milk and an original product is always preferred over a copy. Though it may offer the same nutrition but breast milk is purely natural, not only that as the baby grows the composition of the milk changes according to the upgrading and growing needs of the infant. And obviously, that can’t be done in a packaged milk. The human milk has various vitamins and minerals along with that saturated and unsaturated fat and much more.
- Lowers the Risk of SIDs
SIDs is sudden infant death syndrome. It is also known as cot death or crib death. It is generally observed when the baby is younger than 12 months, In this, the baby dies generally during sleep and there are no warning signs and no concrete reasons. It has been observed that the infants who are fed breast milk have a 50% fewer chance of facing this.
When a baby is breast fed, no bottles are required to clean, hence decreasing the possibility of having any contamination.
Breastmilk has many antibodies present in them, these are passed in the milk when the mother encounters such viruses and bacteria. These antibodies help the baby to fight off many of the viruses and bacteria. Hence breast milk ensures a protective shield against diseases. The transfer of antibodies can be especially scene in the first milk known as colostrum.
It has been observed that those mother who breastfeed their child for a longer duration have a better bond with their child later in life than the child who was breastfed for less duration. This is because during breastfeeding hormones are released which create a feeling of warmth.
- Long-term protection in various body parts
The infants who are breastfed are likely to have better eyesight, the reason behind this is that that DHA a fatty acid is responsible for keeping our eyesight up to mark, and there is a presence of this fatty acid in breast milk. In addition to this, the breastfed babies are also less likely to suffer from Crohn’s disease, diabetes.
Benefits of breastfeeding for mother –
- Preventing obesity
Breastfeeding helps the mother to lose the baby weight she gains during pregnancy. This is also a trait that can be helpful for baby as they decrease the chances of baby getting obese.
- Uterus Contraction
After the birth of the child, breastfeeding help in the contraction of the uterus that significantly expands during the childbirth. Oxytocin is the hormone which helps in this process which is released during breastfeeding.
- Stronger Bones
Breastfeeding helps the women to absorb calcium better in her body.
- Less Likely to hit by depression
It has been observed that when a mother gives birth to a child then they often get hit by a depression referred to as postpartum depression. If a woman breastfeeds, this reduces the chance of getting hit by this depression.
- Less Likely to have Cancer
The mother who breastfeeds is less likely to get affected by breast and ovarian cancer. This is proportional to the time she breastfeeds her child.