Breastfeeding, we all know is good for the mother, baby, and family as a whole. It is one of the most beneficial aspects of the mother and the baby. Breast milk is a portion that provides lifelong immunity to the baby against numerous diseases and reduces the risk of the mother against various cancers. It is essential that the new mothers are educated on the advantages of exclusive breastfeeding. They should be guided and supported to breastfeed their baby.
Benefits of breastfeeding for the mother
To enumerate the facts why is it good for the mother-
Lifelong bonding between the mother and baby develops.
Reduced risks of various diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, deranged lipid profile etc
Risk of dangerous diseases like breast and ovarian cancer is also reduced
Ovulation and hence next pregnancy is delayed as breastfeeding is a natural method of contraception if followed properly
Lot of work in form of sterilization of equipment is saved
Traveling with the baby becomes very easy as nothing needs to be carried in terms of feed for baby
She can easily watch movie with the baby keeping it latched if she is fond of movies
Stools of baby are not bulky and smelly as breast milk is easily digested hence cleaning the baby is easier
As baby is not ill frequently, so lot of time, energy and money is saved
Caring for the newborn is not that tedious when on breast milk as it may seem
So to conclude we can say that mothers usually feel that exclusively feeding the baby will be a task too difficult for them but actually it is the opposite. Once established, breastfeeding is the easiest, comfortable and pleasurable thing to do without worrying about timing, temperature, portion size, hygiene, planning etc. It is purely “on demand” and the baby itself decides how much it needs. It is a healing potion for baby, pacifies the baby in all kinds of pain and illness and gives the satisfaction to the mother that she is the best pacifier for her little bundle of joy.