Monday, March 2, 2009

Breastfeeding Benefits

In a few more months i will be giving birth to a baby girl. And i just can't wait for that, everyone in the family are excited to meet the new member of our family. We've been preparing all the stuff we need for her arrival. We already most of what we need especially the nursery set and travel system. Along with the preparation we are also thinking which is best for her nutrition needs. I didn't think too much about it beacuse i personally want to breastfeed her. I believe that a mothers milk is the safest food specially for a newborn at a least cost. And it is also good for mothers during postpartum period.

Here's a research which will help us more understand the benefits of breastfeeding:


1. Research shows that breastfed infants have fewer and shorter episodes of illness.
2. Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s optimal development.
3. Colostrum (the first milk) is a gentle, natural laxative that helps clear baby’s intestine, decreasing the chance for jaundice to occur.
4. The superior nutrition provided by breastmilk benefits your baby’s IQ.
5. Breastfeeding is a gentle way for newborns to transition to the world outside the womb.
6. The skin-to-skin contact encouraged by breastfeeding offers babies greater emotional security and enhances bonding.
7. The activity of sucking at the breast enhances development of baby’s oral muscles, facial bones, and aids in optimal dental development.
8. Breastfeeding appears to reduce the risk of obesity and hypertension.
9. Breastfeeding delays the onset of hereditary allergic disease, and lowers the risk of developing allergic disease.
10. Breastfeeding helps the baby’s immune system mature, protecting the baby in the meantime from viral, bacteria, and parasitic infections.
11. Breastfeeding increases the effectiveness of immunizations, increasing the protection against polio, tetanus, and diptheria vaccines.
12. Breastfeeding protects against developing chronic diseases such as: celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and childhood cancers.


1. Research shows that breastfeeding benefits the health of mothers.
2. Breastmilk is always fresh, perfectly clean, just the right temperature, and is the healthy choice at the least cost!
3. Increased levels of oxytocin stimulate postpartum uterine contractions, minimizing blood loss and encouraging rapid uterine toning.
4. From 3 months to 12 months postpartum, breastfeeding increases the rate of weight loss in most nursing mothers.
5. Breastfeeding offers some protection against the early return of fertility.
6. Because breastfed babies are healthier, their mothers miss less work and spend less time and money on pediatric care.
7. Breastfeeding women report psychological benefits such as increased self-confidence and a stronger sense of connection with their babies.

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