Benefits of Breastfeeding: Mother and Infant

MyDoctorFinder August 12, 2016

Did you know that in the Philippines, only 34% of infants under six months are being breastfeed? Based from the 2014 State of the World’s Children report conducted by UNICEF, Philippines has been placed among the top nations that has a low rate of exclusive breastfeeding. Most mothers choose to buy formula milk for their infants for reasons that breastfeeding is painful. But recent data shows that child malnutrition in the country increases for the sole reason that these children were not breastfed when they were infants. [1]

Here’s a list of benefits the mother and baby will get once breastfeeding is practiced.

  • Infant
  1. Breast milk easily gets digested from a baby’s body
  2. Breastfed babies tend to have better and higher intelligence
  3. Reduces the risk of chronic diseases
  4. Healthier compared to babies fed through bottles
  5. Effects are more visible when it comes to vaccines

 

  • Mother
  1. Breastfeeding saves a lot of money
  2. One’s menstrual cycle will be back to normal
  3. Reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  4. Lowers the risk of obesity
  5. Develop stronger bones
  6. Makes the uterus go back to its usual size
  7. Lessen the possibility of postpartum bleeding

Reference:

Lucia, C. 20 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby. Fitpregnancy. Retrieved from http://www.fitpregnancy.com/baby/breastfeeding/20-breastfeeding-benefits-mom-baby.