The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift…Breastfeeding
In honor of Mother’s Day we would like to keep this post on the lighter side and focus on the ultimate mother’s day gift, breastfeeding. In this post we will briefly discuss several of the great benefits breastfeeding can provide you and your baby.
One of the most important things a mom can do is love her children and ensure their health and safety. Breastfeeding is about much more than just feeding your baby. It accomplishes all of these things. Breast milk is the most wholesome, tailor made food for your baby. It provides a great bonding experience for both of you. This often leads to a calmer environment for both mom and baby.
Giving your baby breastmilk will provide him or her with a wealth of benefits both short and long term. These benefits are both physical and emotional. Breast milk helps your baby to develop a healthy immune and digestive system. It establishes good gut bacteria. This in turn prevents infection from many bacteria and viruses.
Breastfed infants have much fewer incidences of respiratory and ear infections. Lower risk of allergies, asthma, eczema, celiac, and Crohn’s disease have also been noted. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. We know that breast milk is easier to digest, preventing many feeding problems, constipation, and gas. Should your baby be born premature, your milk is the ideal nutrition for them. It can decrease the risk of many short term and long term health problems. In the long term, breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity for your baby and cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia.
The emotional benefits breastfeeding provides your baby are also very important. Many times offering the breast helps to ease nap times and bedtimes. It gives your baby a sense of security and comfort only you can provide.
With mother’s day upon us, you can also thank your baby for all of the great things breastfeeding provides you! These benefits are both physical and emotional. Physically, breastfeeding helps a mom recover from childbirth quicker. Postpartum bleeding slows much faster and the uterus goes back to its pre-baby size much quicker. Many exclusively nursing moms do not get a menstrual cycle. Breastfeeding also decreases your risk of developing ovarian, breast, and endometrial cancer. Lower risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease has also been shown in breastfeeding moms.
Breastfeeding provides moms with emotional benefits too. Hormones released during a feeding give mom a sense of peace, relaxation, and nurturing. This in turn helps reduce stress and anxiety. It can help to empower women when they realize the important role they have in nourishing their baby.
Your baby may just be beginning to smile or coo at you now, but know that you are providing them with an ideal start in life, mother’s milk. Remember all of these great things when you’re feeling tired, stressed, or overwhelmed. Your baby thanks you!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hard working moms everywhere!