A baby receives many benefits from breast milk – it is essential to their development and can protect against infections and health conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Breast milk contains proteins, fats, vitamins and carbohydrates and is the perfect balanced meal for your baby.
Although breastfeeding benefits both mom and baby, it’s a personal decision for each new mom.
We asked three dietitians about their experiences with breastfeeding. This is what they had to say.
‘Bonding with my children while breastfeeding was special’
Choosing to breastfeed was an easy decision – I was determined to make it work because of the benefits to my babies and me. Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first few years of a child’s life provides the foundations of a person’s lifelong health – including one’s predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases. Breastfeeding plays a key role as an optimal nutrition practice during this window period. This was my motivation to breastfeed.
For me, the benefit to my emotional health far outweighed the physical health benefits. Being able to bond with both my children during the time I breastfed was special. I also have a family history of breast cancer and breastfeeding has been shown to lower one’s risk of breast cancer.
There are so many benefits for the baby too. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants and is easily digested by the baby; it protects the baby against illness and infections; it reduces the occurrence of allergies; and breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of various diseases including otitis media, diabetes and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
‘Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition…