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:

 
Mums
 

  • 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.

 
Babies
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.

REFERENCE: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827