Breastfeeding is the best way to nourish a baby. You may have already heard this statement long before you have started to breastfeed your own baby. But how does breastfeeding exactly benefits your baby? What are its effects on your baby’s well-being?
The advantages of breastfeeding a baby are not just idle claims by breastfeeding advocates. The list below indicates some of the benefits of breastfeeding to babies according to studies conducted by baby care experts:
- Breast milk can lower the chances of diarrhea, ear infections, childhood lymphomas and lower respiratory illness among breastfeeding babies.
- Breastfeeding can boost a baby’s brain development. Breast milk contains docasahexaenoic acid or DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid which is essential in brain development.
- The same ingredient that enhances brain development is also an important factor in a child’s visual development.
- Breastfed babies have a greater chance to achieve optimum cognitive development, which could lead to outstanding academic performance as they age.
- Breastfeeding makes babies respond better to vaccinations. Breast milk helps develop a baby’s immune system.
- Breastfeeding babies are less likely to develop skin allergies, such as eczema.
Along with these health benefits, breastfeeding can also strengthen the bond between the mother and the infant.