Women’s bodies change the milk composition to meet the baby’s needsBabies grow fast and are always in need of extra proteins, minerals, and vitamins depending on which development stage they are in or if they are fighting some sickness, like a common cold. That’s why it can be said that breast milk is “smart.” It changes its formula to meet the child’s needs. This can happen from week to week or even day to day.
Provides stem cells to the babyA growing child still needs some help from the mother to keep developing their body. Breast milk is key to this process since it contains live cells, or more importantly stem cells, which travel through the baby’s body to become part of their brain, heart, kidneys, or bone tissue.
It can make you lose weightThe production of milk and breastfeeding is a tough job for a woman’s body, and that's why it can burn up to 500 calories per day, according to obstetricians and gynecologists. This is the reason why many new moms notice that they start losing weight after giving birth: They’re burning more calories than they’re consuming and losing some pounds without any extra exercise.
It makes mom and baby happyBreastfeeding stimulates a mother’s and baby’s brains to release oxytocin, the hormone is responsible for making them experience happiness and security. It also calms mom and stabilizes her level of stress and anxiety to a healthy degree.
Breastfeeding protects the baby from diseasesScientists affirm that common infant illnesses and infections, like ear, respiratory, and gastrointestinal infections, have a lower chance of appearing in children who are fed their mom’s milk. Breast milk has protective properties that prepare and protect the child, all the way through childhood, from several types of infections
It gives a boost to the baby’s IQ and memoryBreastmilk can also help nurture smarter children. Studies shows that the more a baby breastfeeds, especially in the first 28 days after birth, the higher the positive impact is on brain growth and development, which increases their cognitive abilities and boosts their intelligence.
It makes mom’s bones strongerFor those parents who are worried that the baby may be sucking all the calcium out of your body, should not actually be afraid because experts know that pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the female body to assimilate calcium much more efficiently, so when the baby is just 6 months old, momma’s bones are denser than they were before she found out she was pregnant. The benefit is so impressive that it can even lower the risk of developing osteoporosis.
It van help the child develop a healthy weightBreastmilk favors a healthy weight gain and later on aids in preventing obesity in children. Research has found that babies who were breastfed have up to a 30% lower risk of developing obesity. Each month the baby consumes mom’s milk, their risk reduces by 4%. Scientists believe this is possible because children that were breastfed have larger amounts of good gut bacteria, which might influence fat storage.
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