What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby?
Breastfeeding has significant benefits for the newborn baby. These benefits increase the more you breastfeed, although any amount of breast milk is beneficial for the baby, even if you breastfeed for a very short period.
The benefits of breast milk, either through breastfeeding or through a bottle, are significant because the mother's milk:
- Is produced and changes according to the baby's nutritional needs
- Is easy to digest
- Is the most balanced food available, with the right ratio of fat, sugar, water, protein, and vitamins
- Contains antibodies that protect against infections and boost the newborn's immune system
- Contains substances that calm the baby
- Contributes to healthy weight gain
Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for the baby that last until adulthood. It can help reduce the risk of developing infections and diseases, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as obesity, type 2 diabetes, bronchial asthma, gastrointestinal or cardiovascular diseases during their lifetime.
What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the mother?
What is not so well known is that breastfeeding and the production of breast milk also have health benefits for the mother. Specifically, it reduces the risk of conditions such as:
- Postpartum depression
- Cardiovascular diseases (e.g., high blood pressure)
- Breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
Breastfeeding can also help you recover from childbirth faster, through the secretion of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to its normal size.
How will we help you?
Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it is a skill that, like all skills, is learned gradually. Preparing for breastfeeding with us will make this process smoother. We will inform you about all the important issues related to breastfeeding, such as breastfeeding positions and the problems you may face, and we will be by your side throughout the breastfeeding period. Of course, keep in mind that breastfeeding may require patience and some time to get used to and adapt. Just try!