While most of us have heard that breastfeeding is beneficial for our babies, you may not know exactly how breastfeeding benefits our babies both immediately and for the future – and that’s just one of many cool facts about breastfeeding!
Ready to learn more? Continue on to read some interesting facts about breastfeeding during this National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
While our babies are protected from most of these diseases while we carry them in utero, it’s up to their immune systems to fight off diseases when our bodies can’t anymore. The older they get, the more diseases they’ll be exposed to and hopefully, the stronger their immune systems will grow. Until then, breastfeeding will lend your baby’s immune system a helping hand. Studies show that mothers’ bodies begin moving certain antibodies to their mammary glands once they begin breastfeeding, which are then delivered to their infants.
Some of the diseases breastfeeding protects against include:
Breastfeeding doesn’t just protect your baby now – it protects them for the future, too. Studies indicate that breasting can protect against multiple conditions and diseases later in life, like:
The nutrients packed away in mother’s milk is so powerful that breastfeeding infant girls has been shown to decrease her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25 percent!
Breastfed babies are also more likely to sleep better as infants, have higher IQs and less likely to develop behavioral issues.
Some studies indicate that this may be due to bonding. Breastfeeding facilitates bonding between the mother and child, allowing your infant to hear your heartbeat, a familiar sound from the womb. Psychologists say this can contribute to your infant’s willingness to trust others and maintain healthy relationships.
While breastfeeding is incredibly beneficial for infants, we understand that it may not be an option for every mother. Whether due to choice, ability or lifestyle, we support all mothers deciding what works best for themselves and their babies.
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