World Breastfeeding week was celebrated August 1st– 7th. August has officially been announced as World Breastfeeding Month. The benefits of breastfeeding are endless. Not only is breast milk high in its nutrients and antibodies, it is the perfect quantity, temperature and easily digested. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS). Breast milk can help protect your baby from developing allergies, chest infections, meningitis, ear infections and urine infections.
Breast milk is a protection against common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. Numerous studies have proven exclusively breastfeeding may boost your child’s intelligence and vocabulary. The World Health Organization recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
Not only are the benefits for baby, Mom can benefit as well! Breastfeeding helps Mom recover from giving birth. As she gets to connect her baby, skin to skin encourages the bonding process. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and obesity later on in life. With breastfeeding comes the motivation to start living a healthier lifestyle. Many are surprised to learn that breastfeeding helps shed the weight gained during pregnancy. Beyond the immediate benefits, breastfeeding contributes to a lifetime of good health.
Join Nursing Mothers around the world in celebrating the beautiful gift of breastfeeding.
By: Hira Khan, Doula