We all want what’s best for our little ones especially when it comes to their health. As parents, your number one priority should always be their nutrition.
Breastfeeding gives them nutrients that only breast milk can provide. You may choose to either exclusively breastfeed or pump to feed your baby. However, most mums do both.
Each option has its own set of benefits. Read on as we look into some of them.
Breastfeeding is beneficial for both mums and toddlers.
It gives your tots the nutrients they need during this stage in their life, and even antibodies they need to fight off viruses and bacteria.
For mums, breastfeeding helps them recover from childbirth much more quickly. Oxytocin produced from breastfeeding can help your uterus go back to its regular size more quickly as well. Studies also show that women who breastfeed have a lower chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Also, did you know that the breast milk you produce is customised for your little ones? As they feed, the saliva they produce affects the kind of milk your body makes.
And perhaps one of the best points about breastfeeding is that it’s free!
Many mums have also shared that it’s a more soothing feeding experience for their babies, and helps them develop a stronger bond with their little ones.
However, the downside to breastfeeding is that you have less control of your time since you have to feed on demand.
You may also develop sore or cracked nipples, or even clogged ducts (which can be quite painful!) if your baby isn’t latching properly during feeds.