Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for infants and is easily digested and readily available. Breast feeding has major health benefits for infants. Breast milk provides ideal nutrition for babies. The only thing that might be missing is lack of enough Vitamin D, unless the mother has a high intake. To compensate for this deficiency, Vitamin D drops are usually recommended from the age of 2-4 weeks.
It contains important antibodies to fight off viruses and bacteria. Studies show that infants who are not breastfed are more vulnerable to health issues like pneumonia, diarrhea and infection. Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of many illnesses, including: Middle ear infections, respiratory tract infections, colds and infections, gut infections, intestinal tissue damage, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Allergic diseases, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and childhood leukemia. Breast feeding promotes healthy weight gain and helps prevent childhood obesity. Some studies indicate that breastfed babies have higher intelligence scores and are less likely to develop problems with behavior and learning as they grow.
Breast feeding may help moms lose weight and they have a lower risk of depression.
Breast feeding reduces your risk of disease and saves on time and money.