Why Is Breastfeeding Important

Although breastfeeding is a subject that friends and family like to self-importantly express their opinions on (as most mothers find out the hard way pretty early on), it remains a decision for a mother to make. 

But, even though it’s a perfectly natural process, it can be quite challenging. 

Some mothers have an inconsistent milk supply, some don’t have milk at all. Some babies refuse to latch or get used to nursing. These and a variety of different challenges related to breastfeeding make us all incredibly thankful for the availability of baby formula and breast pumps - especially working mothers if we might add. 

But every mother and child are unique, and the decision is up to you. This overview might help you decide.

Breastfeeding Keeps Your Little One Healthy

Breastfeeding is absolutely beneficial for your baby, so much so, in fact, that most medical experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, including the FDA. No water, no juice, no formula. 

Now let’s see why:

Breast milk contains the perfect ratio of easily digestible vitamins, protein, and fat - and those three are essential for a baby’s development in its first year of life.

Breast milk is ideal for your baby’s immune system, as it contains antibodies that are essential for fighting off viruses and bacteria. On the other, babies who’ve been fed formula based on soy or cow's milk have a higher chance of developing or suffering from allergic reactions than babies who’ve been breasted.

A research conducted by the US National Institute of Medicine found that children who have been breastfed face a significantly smaller risk of suffering from childhood obesity.

Breast milk is obviously the ideal food for babies, as nature designed it. It’s been associated with a healthier microbiome in adults and a healthier metabolism. 

The FDA has associated breastfeeding with a 36% reduction in the chances of SIDS.

The physical closeness is reassuring to your baby and it makes it feel secure. As one of the drawbacks to breastfeeding is the fact that the mother needs to remain attached to her child 24/7 during the first few months of its life, even in circumstances when she is unable to or has to provide for her family. But nowadays, breast pumping might be the perfect way to get the best of both worlds - and it allows the father to also feel this connection to his child as well.

Breastfeeding has been associated with reduced infection, shorter hospital stays, and fewer reasons to visit the doctor - as it is the ideal food to battle the most common health challenges babies face.

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So, conclusion? Just remember: yes, breastfeeding is natural, but it’s by no means easy. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor (or a lactation consultant) if you stumble and need support.