Health benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding isn’t just a short term benefit, it builds and strengths the body for a lifetime of good health. Check these benefits:
- Reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer
- Protects against osteoporosis
- Reduces the risk of type 2 Diabetes
- Burns 500 calories per day, helping to get your body back into shape
- Promotes bonding time with your baby
- Releases hormones that help you get back to sleep at night
- Saves money meaning less financial worries.
- Saves time and can be quicker once established, leaving more time to enjoy your baby and feel happy.
- Releases Oxytocin and Endorphins which are the ‘feel good hormones’. Reducing stress levels and promoting a feeling of love towards your baby.
REDUCES THE RISKS OF:
- Respiratory tract and ear infections – Serious cold, ear and throat infections reduced by 63% in babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months. 72% reduction of hospitalisation for lower respiratory tract infections for infants exclusively breastfed over 4 months.
- Gastrointestinal tract infections – Any breastfeeding reduces the risks of non-specific gastrointestinal tract infections by 64%.
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis – 77% reduction of NEC in pre-term infants fed exclusively on breastmilk
- Sudden infant death and infant mortality – 36% reduction in breastfed babies.
- Allergic disease – Exclusive breastfeeding for 3-4 months reduces eczema, dermatitis, and asthma by 27% in a low risk group and 42% in family history
- Celiac disease – 52% reduction in infants that are fed at the time of gluten exposure (weaning)
- Inflammatory bowel disease – 31% reduction in breastfed babies
- Obesity – 15-30% reduction of obesity in adulthood with any breastfeeding.
- Diabetes – 30% reduction in type 1 diabetes in babies breastfed up to 3 months. Up to 40% reduction in type 2 diabetes.
- Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma – Reduction of 15-20% in different cancers in babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months.