As a nursing mother, I can attest to all these benefits through my experience. Here are 13 Benefits of Nursing: Breastmilk and Babies.
Breastmilk and Babies:
1. Breastmilk is easy to digest and helps prevent gas and colic. This one may vary as my baby had so much gas, all kinds of gas; but on the other hand, she never had colic.
2. A breastfed baby’s bowel movements are not irritating to a baby’s skin and can reduce if not prevent diaper rash. My baby never had any irritation while she was breastfed.
3. Breastfed babies usually have less diarrhea and constipation.
4. Nursed babies are less likely to become obese and sleep longer.
5. Breastfed babies risk reduction to viruses, urinary tract infections, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, ear infections, and respiratory infections.
6. Nursing lowers rates of infant mortality and a lower rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
6. Breastmilk taste changes based on what is consumed by mom and it introduces new flavors to the baby. As a result, it influences their palate, making it easier to try new things once the baby starts eating solids.
7. Babies can also detect the scent of your milk hence strengthening your bond.
8. Breastfeeding also has a positive impact on the baby’s psychological and emotional well being. Newborns benefit from the physical closeness of nursing. Therefore, creating a less fussy baby overall, which I have experienced that myself.
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9. When nursing on the breast you continue that post-birth connection.
Not to mention, scientists tell us that babies learn best in a context of emotional closeness with an adult aka mom and dad, and in certain cases grandparents (depending on the living situation).
10. Nursing increases a growing attachment between the two of you that continues to play a role in your baby’s development into adulthood.
11. Breastfeeding releases hormones in your body that promote nurturing behaviors. In effect, it can make you more affectionate and actually decreases stress.
12. Nursing increases confidence and self-esteem. For this reason, it also increases calmness which overall makes babies cry less.
13. Finally, it can support the wellness of the body, mind, spirit for the whole family.
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Sources & References
Adapted from Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, Breastfeeding: Impact on Child Psychosocial and Emotional Development
HealthyChildren.org, Psychological Benefits of Breastfeeding
Parents Magazine, The Benefits of Breastfeeding