Benefits to baby

  • Breast milk is perfect in composition- carbohydrate, protein, vitamin content and even water.
  • Breast milk boosts the baby’s immune system as antibodies are passed from mother to child. These antibodies help fight against bacterial, viral and parasitic infections
  • It reduces the baby’s risk of certain diseases later in life eg allergies, asthma, eczema, diabetes, to name a few
  • Lowers rate of infant mortality
  • Less diarrhea, constipation, and gastroenteritis
  • Fewer colds and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and whooping cough
  • Better vision
  • Less illness overall and less hospitalization
  • Less likelihood of becoming obese later in childhood
  • Improved brain maturation
  • Less likely to develop heart disease in adulthood

Benefits to mother includes

  • Breast feeding helps return the uterus (womb) back to its normal size as well as reduces blood loss after delivery. (Hint: you may notice that you have mild abdominal pains while breast feeding. This is because breast feeding causes the release of a hormone called    oxytocin which is helpful in contracting the uterus and ensures return to pre-pregnancy size)
  • It reduces a woman’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer. The longer a woman breast feeds, the higher her protection.
  • Breast milk is free and helps the family save cost
  • It helps mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Less risk of depression and more positive mood
  • Physical and emotional bonding between mother and child is increased
  • It also offers some degree of contraception in the first 6months (provided you are exclusively breastfeeding, feed on demand including night and have not seen your menses)
  • Lowers risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • Less diabetes

To learn more about the benefits of breast feeding, you can see any of our pediatricians’ and/or obstetricians.

There will be a health talk on Exclusive Breast feeding in our hospital on 9th August,2019

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1st-7th 2019)