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Few will argue the benefits of breastfeeding a newborn. It’s the perfect food with the bionutrients and perfect ratio of fats, protein, and carbohydrates for a newborn to older baby depending on the stage of their development and maturity. Breast milk fats/protein/carbos ratio actually changes throughout the course of the year to mimic baby’s gut development and digestion needs!
Breastfeeding benefits to baby:
- Increases baby’s immune defense for faster recovery from illness since the mother is able to create antibodies and distribute them through breast milk to baby
- Reduces cavities and need for braces
- Reduces risk of colic, diarrhea, SIDS, obesity, ear infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diaper rash, osteoporosis, diabetes, infantile cancer, and death
- Increases IQ up to 20 points
- Prevents malnutrition
- Increases social and better psychomotor development of baby
- Promotes better growth and satisfies baby’s need for sucking
- Prevents the development of pathogenic germs in the intestines
- Contains lactoferrin that transports iron and increases immune defense
Breastfeeding Benefits to Mom:
- Increases the mother-infant bonding relationship
- Reduces risk of post-partum depression
- Reduces the reappearance of menstruation, thereby allowing more time until the next pregnancy
- Decreases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer
- Reduces puerperal bleeding and fever
- Promotes the education of others in the family to practice breastfeeding
- Helps a woman realize her role as mother
- It’s practical–moms can nurse frequently throughout the night (without washing bottles), when traveling, anytime and anywhere
- It’s a huge psychological benefit to baby, mom, and the entire family
- Saves money and time
Breastfeeding Benefits to the Planet:
- It’s always the perfect temperature and it’s produced it the necessary amount–doesn’t require heating and energy waste
- Doesn’t require a storage container
- Reduces the use of medications, medical procedures, and hospitalizations
- Saves money in health care services
- Does not leave residue or garbage
- Doesn’t pollute the environment
- It’s hygienic and sterile
Sometimes mothers defer to soy-based or dairy-based formula because 1) it’s convenient, 2) although rare, sometimes the baby has a medical condition that prevents the suck reflex, or 3) even rarer, the mother has a glandular deficiency in the breast tissue.
I have dear friends with babies who were born with conditions that prevented nursing at the breast, and I am in awe of them for pumping breast milk around-the-clock to support their babies’ needs. However, medical conditions in babies are rare. The inability of mothers to produce enough milk is even rarer.
Often, difficulties with latch-on and sucking enough milk are related to jaw or TMJ or upper neck spinal bone misalignments that can occur through the birth process. Gentle chiropractic treatment can help babies regain a normal suck reflex by removing nervous system interference. Read more about how chiropractic care can improve a baby’s suck reflex through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.
What are your favorite benefits of breastfeeding?
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