Today, more than 68 percent of new mothers breastfeed their newborns. Many studies show that breastfeeding has many benefits for you and your baby. Breastfeeding provides many benefits because breastmilk is the perfect nutrient for each human baby, including protection against many acute and chronic diseases as well as advantages for general health, growth, and development. There are many studies indicate that children who are breastfed are ill much less often than those who are not.
Breastfeeding is convenient; it is always available, at the appropriate temperature, and requires no preparation or clean-up. Breastfeeding offers the mother-infant dyad a unique opportunity for skin-to-skin contact 8 to 12 times each day. The constant physical intimacy of breastfeeding naturally promotes the mother-baby bond, a strong and lasting psychological connection. Many women experience psychological benefits including increased self-confidence and facilitated bonding with their infants.
Benefits to the mother
There is also increasing evidence of long-term health benefits from breastfeeding for the mother health too. Breastfeeding will decrease incidence of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. Breastfeeding also helps you lose weight, you’ll naturally lose one or two pounds per month without really trying.