We have compiled the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby in this great article.
Breastfeeding is your very special gift to your baby as it is the best thing you can do for them and should continue to do from their birth until they are at least 6 months old.
Breastfeeding makes children smarter
Reduces the risk of your baby developing food allergies and intolerances
Reduces incidences of diarrhea (liquid poop) and respiratory diseases.
Breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
For The Mother :
When breastfeeding is combined with a healthy diet, it can help you regain your pre-pregnancy body, as it naturally burns calories every time you nurse.
Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster.
It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
It may lower your risk of osteoporosis
Breastfeeding reduces risk of developing Postpartum depression (a type of depression that can develops shortly after childbirth).
Breastfeeding may prevent menstruation and continued breastfeeding has been discovered to pause ovulation and menstruation. Some women have even used this phenomenon as birth control for the first few months after delivery but its actually not a 100% guarantee method of birth control.
Do Not Breast Feed Your Baby If :
If the mother has been infected with HIV or has AIDS
Mothers who have cancer and are taking cancer chemotherapy medications also cannot breastfeed their babies.