It is a well-known fact that a newborn requires a lot of affection and caring from his/her parents, who also need to learn how to connect with their new family member. Of course, if we’re to talk about the ways in which new parents can connect with newborns, we will have endless things to discuss about. However, in this article, we will stick to presenting you the benefits of breastfeeding.
The first thing you need to know about is that this natural way of feeding the baby is the best way to build a strong bond with your infant. As a mom this experience should be a pleasant one, allowing you to offer affection to your infant and also ensure all the nutrients he/she needs, in order to stay healthy and grow. Typically, if you choose to breastfeed your baby, you will use your maternal milk, in order to allow the nutrients from you body pass to your infant’s body.
Another important aspect you should know is that feeding your baby directly from your breast will ensure antibodies to your newborn, which are essential in keeping him/her healthy and away from catching various contagious or communicable sicknesses or diseases caused by infectious pathogens like viruses, parasites or bacteria. Moreover, you should find out that over the years, statistics have shown that infants who are not breastfeed, when they are little, have fewer chances to build a strong immune system. Moreover, they have all chances to catch various infectious diseases or sicknesses, from flu to influenza and measles, when they enter kindergartens or schools.
When breastfeeding, you should be very attentive to what you eat on a regular basis; thus, you should avoid eating high-fat meals, as well as highly processed foods whose toxic ingredients can easily be transferred to your breast milk. Moreover, if you have to follow medical prescriptions, it is recommended to interrupt feeding your baby with maternal milk, as certain medications and antibiotics can cause him/her various skin eruptions or irritation on various parts of the body. Although bottle feeding your baby won’t ensure the necessary antibodies to your infant, doctors strongly recommend that this feeding method should replace breastfeeding, when moms are on antibiotics.
Nonetheless, you should know that as a mom, you also have several health benefits, which can not be overlooked. Moms who breastfeed their babies for at least 6 months definitely lower the risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.