The Bigtime Benefits of Breastfeeding

While not every mom is able or willing to breastfeed (and that’s okay), breast milk has long been considered as “nature’s perfect food.” Not only does human milk contain powerful nutrients for growing babies, but the act of breastfeeding also offers a number of valued benefits for moms too!

Benefits for Baby

Whether you are exclusively breastfeeding or supplementing with some formula, you are offering your baby the following with your breastmilk:

Perfectly Matched Nutrition. Over 200 different sugar molecules are found in human milk, which aid in building your newborn’s immune system and gut microbiome.

Powerful Antibodies. Breastfed babies are considered at lower risk for infection due to the antibodies that mom passes to her infant via breastfeeding. The ability to fight off infections also lowers your baby’s risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Potential Reduction in Certain Chronic Diseases. Breastfeeding may help lower your baby’s susceptibility to diseases ranging from asthma and eczema to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Benefits for Mom

While the benefits for baby is often enough reward for mom, breastfeeding also delivers specific and very valued advantages for mothers too, including the following:

Benefits For Your Family

The gains don’t stop with your baby’s health or your own health. Breastfeeding can also mean a significant financial savings for your family. Breastfeeding doesn’t cost anything, which stands in sharp contrast to the average $2,000 annual expense of formula feeding. In addition, the health benefits for your baby can mean less sick visits at the doctor and less missed work days for parents. In fact, it is estimated that there would be $13 billion in annual savings if 90% of families in the United States followed the recommended guidelines for breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we are keenly aware that not all mothers are equipped or able to breastfeed. It is important that there is no stress or guilt if you need to formula feed your newborn. However, if you are on the fence about whether to breastfeed or not, we hope you’ll consider these remarkable benefits towards your family’s health and well-being.

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