This week we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, a week that encourages mothers to breastfeed with aims to improve the health of babies around the world. So I thought it would be only right to post an article on the question most new mothers ask; To breastfeed or not to breastfeed?
Research shows that breastfeeding has health benefits not only for the baby but also for the mother. A mothers breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby would need especially in the baby’s first 6 months of life.
The nutrients found in breast milk help babies to fight against common infections like gastroenteritis, allergic conditions such as asthma and eczema and reduces the risk of childhood diabetes and leukemia.
Another benefit of breastfeeding is that it is good for the mother too. Studies show that mothers who breastfeed reduce the risk of some cancers such as ovarian cancer, decrease the chance of osteoporosis and will see a steady weight loss.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience and not only does it benefit both mum and bub, I personally found that it was so rewarding as I got to share the experience with my son. It really does create a special bond between a mother her baby.