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14 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mother and Child

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Updated on Aug 03, 2013

14 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mother and Child
Reviewed by Expert panel

 World Breast Feed Week – 1st - 7 th August .


Top 5 benefits of breastfeeding for a mother:
1.The uterus of a breastfeeding mother shrinks to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
2.It takes approximately 20 calories to produce an ounce of milk hence breast-feeding can help in losing pregnancy weight faster.
3.Mothers who nurse their babies for at least 6 months lessen their chances of pre-menopausal breast cancer.
4.Osteoporosis, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer are less common in mothers who breastfed their babies.
5.Mothers who breastfeed have a lesser risk of postpartum hemorrhage since breastfeeding releases a hormone known as oxytocin which facilitates in the recovery of the uterus.

 

Top 9 benefits of breastfeeding for a baby:
1.Due to the anti-infective properties of breast milk, breastfed babies tend to have less incidence of or less pronounced symptoms of ear infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diarrhea, and vomiting.
2.Due to the digestibility of breast milk, breastfed babies are rarely constipated.
3.SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is less common in breastfed babies. ?
4.Breast milk is constantly changing in its composition to meet the changing needs of the baby. It has the exact combination of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and sugars needed for the human infant at various stages of his growth.
5.Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children.
6.Children who were breastfed are less likely to need orthodontic work such as braces due to the unique sucking action required with breastfeeding. They also seem to have better overall dental health than formula-fed babies.
7.Breast milk has long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are essential for helping a baby’s brain develop. Exclusively breastfeeding for the first few months can improve a baby’s cognitive development. IQ levels are an average of 8 points higher in children who were breastfed.
8.The bond between mother and child seems to be enhanced with breastfeeding.
9.Significant evidence suggests that breast-fed children develop fewer psychological, behavioral and learning problems, as they grow older.

 

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This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Jan 06, 2020

Shikha Batra Ok thanks

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| Jan 06, 2020

Hi Lois Peter ! Did he have a recent episode of malaria? If he seems unwell and dull there could be a reason behind it such as teething etc.. Please see your doc once .

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| Jan 06, 2020

Try using galactagogues like ajwain, jeera, saunf green leafy vegetabkes, masoor and arhar daal etc.

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| Jan 06, 2020

Hy my baby is 6 month +2weeks old .I did exlusive breastfeeding with water though he wasn't really drinking very well. And I'm Tru with the exclusive. I gv him palp with formula ND he drank it almost two weeks now but since 4days now he's not drinking the palp again only breast milk. He's looking dull. Though as if he want to get a new teeth. ND when I mk tea with overtin ND he's Nan milk he will drink. Please I need your advice. Is de overtin good to he's health? Should I deworme him? Is he due for maleria drugs? Or what do I do to boast his appetite again?

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| Jan 06, 2020

Hi my baby is 2 months old .From the very first day my milk was insufficient for her so I had to give her formula milk. I tried every thing for increase the flow but no major changes happened. My pediatrician suggested Reglan for twice daily for 7 days. Should I take this medicine or there are some other possibilities please suggest me..

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| Aug 05, 2019

hello im nursing mom my baby is 2. 5month old nd she's on bf i gave her Lactogen 1 in 1 time a day it is ok for her?

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| Aug 05, 2019

thank you for the information. am a new mom. my baby is 3 months. i also breastfeed 😄😃

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| Jan 15, 2018

hi parentune app

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| Jan 15, 2018

hi parentune app

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| Jan 15, 2018

hi parentune app

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| Aug 15, 2017

Very useful Information

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| Aug 15, 2017

Very useful Information

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| Aug 15, 2017

Very useful Information

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| Sep 09, 2016

if its a non breastfeeding mother how long does take uterus came back to its normal size.

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| Sep 09, 2016

is the uterus shrinking is linked with breastfeeding?

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| Sep 08, 2015

It's useful information.... it's encouraging me too continue Brest feeding till 1& half year.

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| Jul 28, 2015

Good information. ......useful to latest n to be moms.....

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| Jun 24, 2015

ya even i want to stop breast feeding now. my son is 15 mnths old!

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| Jun 23, 2015

hi manisha huguna, how to stop breast feeding and how long baby need for their growth

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| Jun 02, 2015

Hi manisha bahuguna You may ask your query to fellow parents for the suggestions at parent talk section. Here is the link- https://www.parentune.com/parent-talk/latest

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| Jun 02, 2015

How can i discontinued breastfeed. As my. baby is 13 months old. Please help

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| Jun 02, 2015

My baby is breastfeed till now

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| May 18, 2015

Nice info

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| May 14, 2015

@nita sahni no help :(

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| May 13, 2015

neha21_ag - Not really Neha, till the time he's getting mother's feed, there's no reason to worry. Have you considered using a Breast pump, it can be a great help.

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| May 13, 2015

Does that mean my child might lack the above benefits as he is breastfed and given supplement as well. As the amount of milk I produce is not enough for my baby... am worried now :(

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| Aug 07, 2013

Came across few new benefits of breastfeeding for a mother !! It was nice to know. Thanks.

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| Aug 05, 2013

Fantastic. ...I knew it was. ....beneficial. ....today I got confirmed

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| Aug 03, 2013

Very useful information regarding benefits of breastfeeding for the mother and baby too. There are many campaigns going on to promote breastfeeding in India and abroad.

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