Why is it good for both you and your child?
Dear friends, breastfeeding is a very relevant topic. We decided to write about it in order to show you how it is good not only for your baby but also for you.
- Strengthens immunity. Babies are born extremely vulnerable to infections. That is why colostrum (the first milk produced by the mammary glands) is the richest in antibodies that protect against infections and allergies. Unlike the numerous formulas for babies, breast milk changes its constitution to match the needs of the baby. Colostrum, for example, is richer in protein and contains fewer sugars than the breast milk which you start producing 3-4 days after birth. This breast milk in turn contains more sugars and calories. It is also higher in quantity, which corresponds to the baby’s increasing calorie needs.
- Prevents chronic diseases. There is a link between breastfeeding and the likelihood of developing some serious diseases later in life. Those include diabetes, hypertension and Crohn’s disease.
- Healthy weight for both of you! Babies suck as much breastmilk as they need. This creates the habit of not overeating. The mother loses up to 500 extra calories a day while breastfeeding.
- Faster recovery. During breastfeeding, the hormone oxytocin is released, which reduces bleeding after delivery and helps the uterus return to its normal size faster. Oxytocin, also called the “hormone of love”, helps build a strong bond between mother and baby.
Breastfeeding gives your baby the ultimate superfood and gets you on the fastest route to recovery after pregnancy. Enjoy it together with your baby!