Benefits of Breastfeeding – Why it Matters

benefits-of-breast-milkWhat are the benefits of breast milk? Is breast milk really better than formula? The short answer is, yes.

Studies have shown that breastfeeding is very beneficial for both mother and baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months though any amount of breast milk helps.

Here are 10 reasons why breastfeeding is best and the benefits of breast milk:

  1. Breastfed babies are more resistant to infections and disease early on.
  2. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop diseases later in life such as heart disease, juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer before 15.
  3. Baby is less likely to develop allergies.
  4. Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese.
  5. Breastfeeding lower’s the risk of SIDS.
  6. Mother’s who breastfeed are less likely to develop Postpartum Depression.
  7. Breastfeeding lowers the Mother’s risk of some types of cancer including breast and ovarian cancer.
  8. Lower risk to Mother for postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  9. Breastfeeding is custom made for your growing baby. It changes with the needs of your baby!
  10. It’s cheaper than formula!

So as you can see the term “liquid gold” is for good reason! This is valuable stuff! Feel great about your choice to breastfeed. You are giving your baby the absolute best and your body is benefiting too! 

Why did you choose to breastfeed or pump? Leave your story here in the comments!


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Read: Breast Milk Storage Guidelines – How long is Breast Milk Good For?

8 comments

  1. Linda Hudson says:

    The benefits of Breastfeeding are unmatched when it comes to your baby’s health and growth. After all, breast milk sets the foundation for your kid. My gynec from Cloudnine suggest that you should feed your baby every one to three hours within every 24 hours i.e., 8 – 12 times a day.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Yes, it moat definitely does set the foundation! And the 1-3 hour rule is a good one. I will say though that feeding on demand unless there is a health issue, is the best way to establish and maintain a healthy supply. Letting baby nurse as often as they want. I know many moms who tried to follow a very tight schedule and it hurt their supply. So while in general, you should be feeding 8-12 times in a day, those are guidelines and moms should practice nursing on demand.

      Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi Heather, I found your little article here great and wanted to add something as well. My husband was diagnosed at a very young age with asthma and other childhood/adult ailments and we were told that breastfeeding could in fact reduce our baby’s chance of having the same problems. We were told that breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, digestive problems, and bouts of diarrhea. This was also good news to us because again, my husband suffers from acid reflux. All of what your baby needs is in that liquid gold 🙂

    • Heather Grace says:

      You are correct! There are so many benefits to breastfeeding. It is amazing what our bodies can do for our babies. Thankfully asthma is not something we have had to deal with in my family and I am sure that is a big concern for you. Breastfeeding is truly a golden remedy for so many things! Heck, I used it to clear cradle cap, clogged tear duct, rashes, baby acne, you name it! Amazing, amazing! Thank you for adding this. I hope other moms with the same concern find your comment as informative as I did!

  3. Victoria says:

    Hi Heather, I was reading your Reversed Cycles article but had nowhere to leave a comment? Maybe look into activating comments My baby had day time night time problems as a new-born and yes you are correct it is very tiring indeed. I wish I had found your website then. I will say your advice is spot on.
    Victoria

    • Heather Grace says:

      That is strange. I have comments on that page and see it when I visit the page. I will look into it more. Thank you for letting me know!

      I have to agree with you on wishing there was a website back when I had my first baby. He went through this and it was so hard working full time and being up all night. I hope this helps other moms!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Ellie says:

    Hey Heather! I just came across your website when I was reviewing Dara’s ‘Finding bliss in the Chaos” I love her site, but I am totally intrigued with yours for two reasons – firstly – your name…I was a Grace before I got married, so we are probably cousins – it’s not that common a name (or a cousin of your husband’s if you are married 🙂
    Secondly – as you can see, my website is about breastfeeding also. I love your approach – somewhat different to mine, but still just affirming the benefits of breastfeeding.
    Would you mind having a look at my website sometime and leaving a comment? Be really glad of your expert opinion!
    Keep up the good work, Heather – this is a wonderful website.
    Warmly
    Ellie

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Ellie! Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate your sweet words. I have to say I guess I haven’t noticed much about Grace being an uncommon last name but now that you mention it, I don’t know anyone haha. Thank you for stopping by and am glad you are enjoying the articles!

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