Breastfeeding Awareness Month: All the Benefits to Breastfeeding

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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month! To celebrate, we’re talking about all the benefits of breastfeeding. Even though breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for your little one, we’ve seen a decline in breastfeeding in the past few years— as low as 30% in some groups of women. We understand that some women choose not to breastfeed due to barriers like financial struggles, stress, and more, but there are significant benefits to breastfeeding. Read on for more and happy breastfeeding.

Ideal Nutrition- Breast milk contains everything your baby needs in those first six months of life. During those early days after birth, your breasts produce something called colostrum, which is high in protein, low in sugar, and loaded with beneficial compounds. Colostrum helps to develop the newborn’s digestive tract and more! 

Antibodies- Breast Milk is loaded with antibodies, especially immunoglobulin A, which can help prevent or fight illness in your baby. Unfortunately, formula doesn't provide antibody protection for babies. Studies have shown that babies who are not breastfed are more vulnerable to health issues like pneumonia, diarrhea, and more.

Healthy Weight- Breast milk promotes a healthy weight gain for your little one. Studies have also shown that babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of childhood obesity. They also have more leptin, a hormone that regulates fat storage and appetite. 

Brain Development- Studies show that breastfeeding may affect your child’s brain development. Breastfed babies have higher intelligence scores and are less likely to develop problems with behavior and learning as they grow older. 

Uterus Contraction- Women who breastfeed produce a higher amount of Oxytocin, which is a hormone that helps your uterus return to its average size after pregnancy. It increases during breastfeeding encouraging uterine contractions. 

Depression- Postpartum depression is a severe issue that affects up to 15% of mothers. Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop postpartum depression because they have increased amounts of Oxytocin in their system, which encourages caregiving and relaxation.

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