5 Benefits of Breastfeeding
August marks National Breastfeeding Month, a time for highlighting the many benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers alike. Although breastfeeding appears to be on the rise in the United States, plenty of nursing families still need support from the community.
Breastmilk contains precisely the right quantities of fat, protein, sugar and water your baby needs to develop and grow. It’s free, it’s the right temperature, it’s readily available and it has just the right enzymes to protect your baby’s digestive and immune systems.
Studies show breastfed babies have:
- Fewer ear and respiratory illnesses
- Lower risk of developing allergies or asthma
- Reduced risk of childhood obesity and diabetes
- Reduced occurrences of eczema
- Reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Breastfeeding benefits moms as well as babies. In addition to helping you forge an emotional bond with your baby, you also reduce your risk of premenopausal breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding can also help you lose weight gained during pregnancy and reduces your diabetes risk. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.