Breastfeeding Benefits to your Baby

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You may not realize it, but research is beginning to show that breastfeeding may have significant benefits to your baby. To be sure, not every woman is able to breastfeed. There are some women, such as those who have suffered injury or illness affecting the breasts, which physically cannot. There are others who may be unable or unwilling to breastfeed for other reasons. Not breastfeeding doesn’t mean that you’re going to create problems for your baby. Instead, there are some specific breastfeeding benefits to your baby, however, that are worth taking a look at.

Here are some of the important ways that breastfeeding helps your little one out:

  • In the early days after your baby is born, colostrum helps to protect your baby. That first milk that comes in – colostrum – is full of antibodies and specific nutrients. These help to build your baby’s immune system. Your baby is born with an immature immune system, and colostrum get that immune system jump started. It gives an extra layer of protection to your newborn during that critical first week.
  • Beyond colostrum, however, breast milk helps to fend off some illnesses in general. Your normal breast milk also contains important antibodies, as well as other nutrients, to help fight illness and disease. Many different conditions, such as ear infections, diabetes, asthma, obesity, and even childhood leukemia, may see a reduced risk just because of breastfeeding.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest. Formula can be difficult to digest for some babies. Other babies may have a milk allergy, and have to rely on soy-based formula products. You don’t need to worry about these things when you breastfeed. Baby’s body processes breast milk much easier than it does formula.
  • Breast milk is nutritionally balanced. The fact of the matter is that your breast milk contains exactly the nutrients that your baby needs in the proportion that she needs them. In many ways, it is nature’s perfect food for your baby, and will help your baby to grow and develop as fully and normally as possible.

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