Top 12 Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Good For Your Baby â€¦â€¦ By Midwife Zoe
We all know how important breast milk is for newborn babies, but do you know why?
These top 12 reasons will summarise it for you:
â€¢ Breast milk provides all the nutrients a baby needs in exactly the right proportion. As the baby grows, the breast milk adapts to suit the infants changing needs.
â€¢ Breast milk needs no preparation; it is always sterile, in the right amount and at the right temperature. It is portable and conveniently packaged.
â€¢ Breastfed babies need no extra water in hot weather â€“ breast milk supplies all their needs.
â€¢ Babies need cuddling, comfort and security that breastfeeding provides â€“ every feed comes wrapped up with a hug.
â€¢ Breast milk is easier to digest then infant formulas.
â€¢ Asthma, eczema, hay fever and food allergies are less common and less severe in breastfed babies. This is of special benefit to babies with family history of allergies.
â€¢ Breast milk contains antibodies, which protect babies from illness. These include gastrointestinal infections, diarrhoea, respiratory and ear infections, pneumonia and meningitis. In event of illness the babyâ€™s recovery tends to be quicker.
â€¢ The incidence of heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure in adults is reduced if they were breastfed infants.
â€¢ Babies who are breastfed 6 months or more have been found to be 6 times less likely to develop lymphomas, a type of childhood cancer.
â€¢ The composition of breast milk contains all the essential elements in the right proportions necessary for the complete development of the babyâ€™s brain and nervous system.
â€¢ A study undertaken in 1992 showed that premature babies who received breast milk scored significantly higher on IQ tests at aged 7 months and 8 years, then children who received formula.
â€¢ Vision has been shown to be more accurate in babies who were breastfed when tested at 3 years of age.
(This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional. All information is written from the experience and knowledge of the person writing the post).