Every mother wants to do what is best for her baby and it has been proven that breastfeeding is better for babies than feeding them formula. Sometimes, breastfeeding is not an option for some mothers who either have complications breastfeeding or have other circumstances such as having to get back to work soon after they give birth. Some women just decide that breastfeeding is not what they want and they have the right to make that decision. Unfortunately, when a baby is not breastfed, they are more likely to be exposed to many infections and their immune system is compromised.
Here are some of the many benefits of breastfeeding:
Infection-fighting. Antibodies passed from a nursing mother to her baby can help lower the occurrence of many conditions, including:
Other factors help to protect a breastfed baby from infection by contributing to the infant’s immune system by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of organisms like bacteria and viruses.
Breastfeeding is particularly beneficial for premature babies and also may protect children against:
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
As a group, breastfed babies have fewer infections and hospitalizations than formula-fed infants.
Nutrition and ease of digestion. Often called the “perfect food” for a human baby’s digestive system, breast milk’s components — lactose, protein (whey and casein), and fat — are easily digested by a newborn’s immature system.
As a group, breastfed infants have less difficulty with digestion than do formula-fed infants. Breast milk tends to be more easily digested so that breastfed babies have fewer incidences of diarrhea or constipation.