One positive test. That’s all it takes for the frenzy to begin. Best gynecologist, best nutrition, best place to deliver; you want the best of everything for your baby. But have you ever thought that apart from giving birth to a baby, you are the only one that can give the first best gift to your baby. Yes, you’re the only one that can give breast milk, the best milk.
By breastfeeding your baby, you are ensuring that you give your baby milk that is unique, that changes its components according to the needs of the baby, whether your baby is preterm or term. Breast milk is easily digestible by a baby and it contains all the nutrients in right proportions for the optimum growth and development of a baby. You also ensure that the baby is protected from infections like diarrhea as breast milk contains a lot of protective factors. Exclusively breast feeding your baby for six months also reduces the risk of asthma and allergies in the infant.
Breast milk ensures higher intelligence of the baby which will help him/her in the competitive world. Also, secures a healthy future by reducing the chances of developing hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, liver diseases and even cancer.
Breastfeeding is very beneficial to you as well. It helps in the involution of your uterus i.e the size of the uterus which has become big in order to accommodate the growing baby, goes back to the normal size. And it also helps in reducing post partum or post delivery bleeding. The risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer is reduced as well.
Exclusive breastfeeding also provides contraception for the first couple of months and helps you to have a healthy sexual life. You can continue to look beautiful and maintain your figure as breastfeeding aids in reducing the fat deposited during pregnancy.
By breastfeeding the baby, you are forming a wonderful emotional bond with your baby by telling her ‘no matter what, I’m always there’ to give you nourishment and security from all your fears, now and always.