Top 5 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

A mum breastfeeding her baby

Why do we say ‘Breast is Best’? It is a phrase often bounded about when talking about breastfeeding, so we thought we would delve into the top 5 benefits of breast for babies.

  1. Breast milk contains everything your baby needs: proteins, fats, lactose, vitamins, iron, minerals, water and enzymes in the exact amounts required for optimal growth and development.
     
  2. Breast milk contains substances that prevent harmful bacteria from growing in the intestines and causing gastrointestinal and diarrhoeal infections.
     
  3. Breastfed babies have a decreased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
     
  4. Breastfed babies are less prone to develop diabetes, heart disease, eczema, asthma and other allergic disorders later in life.
     
  5. Breastfeeding is more than just food. It enhances the emotional bond between the baby and the mother and provides warmth, love and affection.