Benefits of Breastfeeding

We know that breastfeeding is undoubtedly the best way to feed your baby, it is beneficial for both mum and baby and is a fantastic way to bond with your little one. We thought we would share with you just 10 of the amazing benefits of breastfeeding…
Benefits of Breastfeeding
  1. Ready to go! Breastmilk is the ultimate all-in-one meal and, amazingly, your body produces the right nutrients and volume of milk to match your baby's needs and developmental stage.
     
  2. Stem Cells! Stem cells exist in breastmilk! These amazing cells have the ability to become a load of different type of cells in the body. Stem cells are like gold dust to medical research.
     
  3. Packed with Nutrients! Recent research has shown that there are 415 individual proteins in breast milk. This is the ultimate high-protein diet. This discovery certainly tells us more about the significant role breastmilk has on infant growth and development.
     
  4. Your breastmilk can educate your baby's palate. What we eat is transferred to baby during a breastfeed and this supports the infant to learn about a great variety of tastes and flavours, great for when you start weaning!
     
  5. Breast milk contains substances that prevent harmful bacteria from growing in the intestines and causing gastrointestinal and diarrhoeal infections.
     
  6. Breastmilk is amazing, and thanks to its magical properties, breastfed babies have fewer middle ear infections, fewer respiratory infections and a decreased risk of developing allergies, cancer, childhood diabetes and obesity.
     
  7. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of developing postpartum anxiety and depression. 
     
  8. Feeding your baby breast milk can help you burn over 500 calories per day and will help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight more quickly.
     
  9. Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby. Not only are you providing your baby with all the nutrients she needs, that all important cuddle time and skin-to-skin contact is a great way to find that mum-baby connection.
     
  10. Breastfeeding is energy efficient. There is no need to boil water or wash or sterilise bottles, which means it causes less waste and is good for the environment.