Most of the studies have concluded that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for a newborn and is beneficial to both Mom and the baby. Benefits of Breastfeeding for You:
•Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of developing postpartum depression, as the skin-to-skin contact can help increase the bond between you and your baby.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby:
•Colostrum, the first milk that comes in during late pregnancy and right after the birth of your baby, is often referred to as “liquid gold” because it contains all the nutrients your baby needs, as well as antibodies that may help protect your baby against illness.
•Breastfeeding may help reduce the risk of gas, bloating, and fussiness caused by an upset stomach because breast milk is much easier for a newborn to digest than cow’s milk.
•Overall, babies who are breastfed have a lower incidence of respiratory infections and ear infections. Preliminary research indicates that breastfeeding may also help prevent Type 1 diabetes and childhood leukemia.
Source: Dr. Sonia