Like every postpartum action and decision, breastfeeding also comes with some anxiety, confusion, and an array of options. And, while breastfeeding is an entirely personal decision, you’re most likely to turn to your loved ones or the vast internet for advice.
So, if you’ve been breastfeeding for reasons unknown, or just because everyone does so, we’re here to tell you how it actually benefits you and your little one.
For the baby:
- Ideal Nutrition: Are you worried that your little one isn't getting a nutritious diet? Well, breast milk is packed with all the right nutrients (in the right proportions too) and is the most accessible option for your baby.
- Breast milk produces antibodies: Your healthy, but tender baby needs antibodies to fight various bacterias and viruses. Breast milk provides your baby with just that. Ensure that you breastfeed your little one for at least 6 months, before gradually weaning your baby off while introducing other baby friendly foods.
- Reduced risk of diseases and allergies: Concerned that your breast milk is largely insufficient for your growing baby? Well, put your worries to rest as it has been proven that break milk is enough for your baby for the first 6 months. It reduces the risk of allergies, diabetes, obesity and respiratory illnesses.
And some studies also suggest that breast milk might, just might, be making your baby smarter and comparatively more intelligent.
For the mamas:
- Breastfeeding helps weight loss:
Shedding those extra pounds after pregnancy is tough and we hear you. Well guess what? Breastfeeding increases the rate of fat burn. Studies have shown that lactating women have noticed a significant difference in their weight.
However, if you notice any symptoms, we urge you to reach out to your doctor or a professional.
Reduced risk of UTIs and anaemia: Just like breast milk saves your little one from diseases, it helps protect you as well. It keeps infections like UTI , anaemia and other diseases at bay.
Mamas, if you’re facing any trouble during the process, remember that you’re not alone. Breastfeeding is personal, which is why it’s important to make an empowered and informed choice, and not a forced or hasty decision.
The blog is written by Divyansh Mehta.