Ok, so everybody knows by now how good breastfeeding is for your baby AND for the mother.
Breast milk is exactly made for your babies’ needs, it has antibodies, it’s great for bonding, it releases oxytocin and helps the mother’s body to get back to pre birth status, it uses calories and so on.
But here are few more things that surprised me when I read about them.
So I gonna share some of that information and statistics that blew my mind!
UNICEF states, “If all babies were fed only breastmilk for the first six months of life, the lives of an estimated 1.5 million babies would be saved every year and the health and development of millions of others would be greatly improved.”
Babies exclusively breastfed for four months have 56 percent fewer hospital admissions during the first year of life.
Babies breastfed exclusively for four months, but less than six months, had double the risk of recurrent middle ear infections and four times the risk of pneumonia between the ages of six and 24 months compared to those babies breastfed exclusively for six months.
More studies are showing the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding.
Canadian researchers who studied almost 14,000 children up to the age of six and a half years of age found strong evidence that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding improves children’s cognitive development.
The World Cancer Research Fund stressed the importance of education to the general public about the importance of preventing cancer through breastfeeding.
Why? Because “there is convincing scientific evidence that it protects against breast cancer” and that breastfeeding “probably protects the child against being overweight and obese, which is important for cancer prevention because being overweight increases cancer risk.” What is the World Cancer Research Fund’s recommendation to prevent cancer? “We recommend that if they are able to, mothers aim to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and then continue with complementary feeding after that.”
I personally also found breastfeeding very convenient on days where Maya wouldn’t eat much solids.
We knew that her needs would always be covered through the breast milk she drinks, so we didn’t have to stress about how much or what she had or had not eaten that day, or try hard to get her to eat.
I found I could breastfeed almost anytime anywhere and in most positions.
The first few months after birth, I found lying down the most comfortable, and if she fell asleep, I could leave her napping right there, or nap with here. I would also often feed her while we were eating too, since at some evenings it was the only moment where she wouldn’t fuss or cry and this way we just could enjoy a tranquil dinner too.
It’s all about getting comfortable yourself and enjoy the mama baby moment, it will be over before you even know it!