June 22, 2023 3 min read

We all know how breastfeeding is a natural way to nourish your baby. Breastmilk is rich in essential nutrients and gives your baby a great foundation for growth. But did you know that breastfeeding offers a host of benefits beyond just nutrition?

In this article, we'll explore some lesser-known advantages of breastfeeding. If you are a breastfeeding mum or planning to be one, this blog will give you more reasons to be happy about your choice!

Boosting baby's immunity

Benefits of Breastfeeding Beyond Nutrition

Breast milk is a powerful elixir rich in nutrients. It helps protect your baby from illnesses and infections. It contains antibodies, white blood cells, and other immune-boosting factors. So when you breastfeed your little one, you are strengthening her immune system, too!

Promoting healthy weight and metabolism in mothers

Breastfeeding can be your secret weapon for shedding the pregnancy weight. It helps burn extra calories. That’s like exercising even when you are just sitting at one place and nursing your newborn.

Benefits of Breastfeeding Beyond Nutrition

It also stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps in the contraction of the uterus and facilitates postpartum weight loss. (Ref: Healthline).  In fact, exclusive breastfeeding mothers tend to return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster. (Ref: National Library of Medicine). That’s a great benefit of breastfeeding, right?

Bonding and emotional connection

The bond between a mum and her baby is special. Breastfeeding provides a unique opportunity to further strengthen this bond. When you nurse your baby, you can form an emotional connection with her. The close physical contact, skin-to-skin touch, and eye contact during nursing create a deep sense of intimacy. (Read more on why you should have lots of eye contact with the baby).

Benefits of Breastfeeding Beyond Nutrition

This nurturing experience promotes a sense of security and well-being in the baby. It’s also great for your emotional well-being as a new mum.

Improved happiness and feeling of relaxation

New motherhood can be stressful. Breastfeeding can help a mother’s mental and emotional well-being by promoting a feeling of happiness, relaxation, and positive vibes.

Benefits of Breastfeeding Beyond Nutrition

The release of oxytocin during breastfeeding helps mums feel more relaxed and also promotes maternal bonding. It also helps regulate hormonal levels, including cortisol (the stress hormone), which can contribute to a more stable mood.

Lower risk of chronic diseases

Breastfeeding also has long-term health benefits for both you and the baby. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of respiratory infections, ear infections, gastrointestinal issues, allergies, and even certain chronic diseases like asthma and obesity. (Ref: A paper by the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Library of Medicine)

For mothers, breastfeeding can help reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes. (Ref: National Library of Medicine). These long-term health benefits make breastfeeding a powerful investment in the future well-being of both you and the baby.

Final thoughts

Breastfeeding is more than just a means of nourishment; it's a beautiful journey filled with love, connection, and empowerment. Trust in your body, seek support when needed, and cherish every precious moment spent nurturing your baby. You've got this.

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