Breast milk is a great gift of nature and a universal aspect of motherhood. Not only does it provide adequate and personalized nutrition for your little one, but it also helps to strengthen the emotional bonds between you and your baby; providing complete nutrition in every way.
The composition of breast milk is ideal for babies, since it reduces the risk of acquiring diseases and infections and contains all the nutrients that a baby’s brain requires to achieve its potential! By consuming your milk, the eyes, heart, intestines and virtually every other organ in your baby’s body receives the benefits to work at their best potential. That is not all, breast milk contains antibodies and prebiotics that help with a good digestion and protect against gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting. It also prevents ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis, the development of allergic reactions, obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, and more. That’s just wonderful! Breast milk also helps promote bonding, protects the body from disease and helps with physical development, as its consumption contributes to the appropriate growth of your baby’s jaw and facial muscles.
As a mom, you also get great benefits from breastfeeding. Postpartum recovery is faster, helping you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy and contributing to the quick return of the uterus to its normal size. Furthermore, your hormonal health improves, it lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and it prevents postpartum depression. It is highly convenient, as it is ready whenever you need to feed your baby and it’s always at the right temperature. Also, we can’t leave out that it is affordable, since there is no monetary cost and given its nature, its use is eco-friendly.
As we can see, breastfeeding is beneficial for both you and your baby, psychologically and physically! For this reason, the World Health Organizations recommends that our babies should consume breast milk exclusively during their first 6 months of life and then along with complementary foods at least until 24 months of age. Though every mother’s decision is personal and nobody has the right to put pressure on you to do something you don’t want to do, breastfeeding has so many benefits that it is definitely worth trying.