What Are The “Ingredients” in Human Milk?
Human milk has many benefits.
It doesn't need to be prepared.
It's always available.
It has all the nutrients, calories, and fluids your baby needs to be healthy.
It has growth factors that ensure the best development of your baby's organs.
It has many substances that formulas don't have that protect your baby from many diseases and infections. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to have: Ear infections, Diarrhea, Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis, and other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis
Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers.
Breastfeeding is good for your health because it helps:
Release hormones in your body that promote mothering behavior.
Return your uterus to the size it was before pregnancy more quickly.
Burn more calories, which may help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy.
Delay the return of your menstrual period to help keep iron in your body.
Provide contraception, if these 3 conditions are met: You are exclusively breastfeeding and not giving your baby any other supplements. It is within the first 6 months after birth, Your period has not returned. [Eating a plant-based diet, I found that as long as I nursed without supplementing my baby’s diet, my periods did not return and I did not get pregnant. Our seven children are spaced by breast feeding only and are approximately two years apart. ~Esther Seppi]
Read More: HealthyChildren.org - Why Breastfeed