National Breastfeeding Month – Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby & Mom

National Breastfeeding Month – Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby & Mom

Since August is National Breastfeeding Month, we are sharing information about the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby and mother. Breast milk provides a baby with ideal nutrition and supports growth and development. Breastfeeding can also help protect babies and moms against certain illnesses and diseases.

Benefits of breastfeeding for babies:

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux, and preterm necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Fewer colds and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and whooping cough
  • Fewer ear infections, especially those that damage hearing
  • Fewer cases of bacterial meningitis
  • Better vision and less retinopathy of prematurity
  • Lower rates of infant mortality
  • Lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Less illness overall and less hospitalization (1)

Benefits of breastfeeding for moms:

  1. Reduces risk of developing osteoporosis
  2. Producing oxytocin, which helps contract the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size
  3. Burning calories and using mom’s fat stores for her breast milk

Despite the benefits, breastfeeding can be difficult for many mothers. Many experience issues such as sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis, or an oversupply of milk. If you are expecting and have questions about breastfeeding benefits or issues, please consult with Dr. Hill, your pregnancy doctor, at his Youngstown, OH office. He is conveniently open on weekends with OBGYN Saturday hours for your prenatal and postnatal care.

 

References

  1. “The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby & for Mom

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15274-the-benefits-of-breastfeeding-for-baby--for-mom

  1. “15 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby”

https://www.centrastatematernity.com/15-benefits-of-breastfeeding-for-mom-and-baby/

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