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BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS

 

When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby's future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy start that will last a lifetime.


• Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby.

Many women report feeling relaxed while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin in the mother's body. It is now well established that oxytocin, as well as stimulating uterine contractions and milk ejection, promotes the development of maternal behavior and also bonding between mother and their baby.


• Breastfeeding satisfies baby's emotional needs.

There is no more comforting feeling for an infant of any age than being held close and cuddled while breastfeeding. All babies need to be held. Studies have shown that premature babies are more likely to die if they are not held or stroked. There is no more comforting feeling for an infant of any age than being held close and cuddled while breastfeeding.


• Human milk has many benefits.

It's easier for your baby to digest.
It doesn't need to be prepared.
It's always available.
It has all the nutrients, calories, and fluids your baby needs to be healthy.
It has growth factors that ensure the best development of your baby's organs.
It has many substances that formulas don't have that protect your baby from many diseases and infections. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to have:, Ear infections, Diarrhea, Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis and other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis.
Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers.

• It is good for your health.

Release hormones in your body that promote mothering behavior.
Return your uterus to the size it was before pregnancy more quickly.
Burn more calories, which may help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy.
Delay the return of your menstrual period to help keep iron in your body.

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