Breastfeeding benefits extend well beyond basic nutrition
Apart from containing essential and important vitamins and nutrients that your baby requires during the first six months, breastfeed is a full package of immunity building against infections and protecting your child.
Let’s have a look at its powerful impact on health:
1. Protection from huge list of illnesses:
To offer maximum protection to your child, there should be exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months (no formula, water or solid food).
Breast milk fights against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, stomach infections. It forms a protective layer in by the baby’s intestinal tract thereby protecting from allergies.
2. Boosts the IQ levels of your child:
The presence of fatty acids in the breast milk plays the major role in providing benefits to the brainpower and also helps in cognitive development
3. Protects from obesity:
Insulin which stimulates the creation of fat is known to be less in breast milk than formula.
Breastfed babies store more of leptin- a hormone which plays a role in regulating appetite and fat.
Formula-fed infants rapidly gain weight in first weeks of life as compared to breastfed ones and also tend to become obese later in life.
4. Breast milk lowers your baby’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
5. It is easily digestible and nutritious.
So, always remember, breastfeeding is not a choice it’s a responsibility!