31 Breastfeeding Benefits
Here at Momsense, we aim to help moms feel good about breastfeeding.
In that spirit, and during August, Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we put together a social media campaign of 31 reasons to breastfeed—one for each day of the month.
- Stronger bones
- Lower SIDS risk
- A calorie incinerator
- It’s good for the earth
- Less risk of cancer
- A menstruation vacation
- It’s cheap!
- Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby
- Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition
- Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby’s immune system
- Suckling helps shrink mother’s uterus after childbirth
- Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born
- Breastfeeding protects against Crohn’s disease
- Breast milk lowers risk of baby developing asthma
- Breastfeeding protects baby against diarrheal infections
- Breastfeeding decreases baby’s risk of otitis media (ear infections)
- Breastfeeding decreases chances of maternal osteoporosis in later life
- Breastmilk reduces the risk of baby developing asthma
- Breastfeeding is a natural contraceptive. This is true only if you are exclusively breastfeeding, and have not yet gotten your period back following childbirth.
- Breastfeeding is always the right temperature.
- Mother’s milk contains chemicals that seem to work like “knock-out drops” for tired babies.
- Fresh breast milk is never contaminated with bacteria. In fact, it has antibacterial properties!
- Post delivery breastfeeding promotes better healing, while also serving as a post delivery cleanse. A substance called oxytocin is released while a mother nurses her baby due to which the uterus contracts and reduces blood loss post-delivery.
- Since breastfed babies are statistically healthier, the parents of breastfed babies spend less time out of work taking care of sick children.
- Your milk changes as your baby grows. Colostrum changes into mature milk by the third to fifth day after birth. This mature milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein to help your baby continue to grow.
- During an emergency, such as natural disaster, breastfeeding can save your baby’s life: Breastfeeding protects your baby from the risks of an unclean water supply.
- Breastfeeding releases good hormones like Prolactin which produces a peaceful, nurturing sensation that allows you to relax and focus on your child.
- Right after delivery, your colostrum helps gently clear your baby’s intestine, decreasing the chance of jaundice.
- The sucking motion of breastfeeding strengthens oral muscles, facial bones, and supports ideal dental development.
- Teens and adults who were breastfed as babies, will be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
- Breastfeeding mothers learn to read the infant’s cues and babies learn to trust caregivers. This also helps shape the infant’s early behavior.
Breastfeeding benefits both you and your baby in so many ways. Momsense applauds and supports mothers on their journeys through breastfeeding.