The Benefits of Breastmilk

Before we start, let it be known that I’m a big advocate for feeding your baby exactly how you want to, whether that’s by breastfeeding or formula feeding. Making the right choice for your unique circumstances is always the priority. That said, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of breastfeeding, so you can be fully clued up and aware of your options.

Immune protection

As well as providing them with incredible nourishment, breastmilk protects your baby as they enter the world. It’s full of live ingredients, including stem cells, white blood cells and beneficial bacteria, as well as antibodies, enzymes and hormones, which all help fight infection, prevent disease, and contribute to normal healthy development.

Comfort

And it’s not only about nutrition and immunity – breastfeeding when your baby is sick or upset comforts and soothes them, which is not to be underestimated as an important benefit.

Sleep

You might have heard that formula-fed babies sleep longer, but it seems that this is a myth. Research shows breastfed and formula-fed babies are just as likely to wake for milk during the night. But the difference is that breastfed babies are likely to get back to sleep sooner. The melatonin in your breastmilk makes your baby - and you - feel sleepy afterwards, allowing you both to drift back to sleep easily after a feed.

Overall health for you both

Breastfeeding doesn’t just benefit your baby for the first six months. The longer your baby continues to have breastmilk, the more advantages there are – especially for their health.

Research also shows that children who were breastfed as babies are far less likely to suffer from cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma. Breastfeeding also helps to lower your baby’s risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes as an adult.

And for you as a parent, the longer you breastfeed, the higher protection you have against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

The resources in the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of the butterbean platform will help to inform and empower you as you decide how you want to feed your baby. Be sure to check it out!

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The Benefits of Breastmilk

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Before we start, let it be known that I’m a big advocate for feeding your baby exactly how you want to, whether that’s by breastfeeding or formula feeding. Making the right choice for your unique circumstances is always the priority. That said, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of breastfeeding, so you can be fully clued up and aware of your options.

Immune protection

As well as providing them with incredible nourishment, breastmilk protects your baby as they enter the world. It’s full of live ingredients, including stem cells, white blood cells and beneficial bacteria, as well as antibodies, enzymes and hormones, which all help fight infection, prevent disease, and contribute to normal healthy development.

Comfort

And it’s not only about nutrition and immunity – breastfeeding when your baby is sick or upset comforts and soothes them, which is not to be underestimated as an important benefit.

Sleep

You might have heard that formula-fed babies sleep longer, but it seems that this is a myth. Research shows breastfed and formula-fed babies are just as likely to wake for milk during the night. But the difference is that breastfed babies are likely to get back to sleep sooner. The melatonin in your breastmilk makes your baby - and you - feel sleepy afterwards, allowing you both to drift back to sleep easily after a feed.

Overall health for you both

Breastfeeding doesn’t just benefit your baby for the first six months. The longer your baby continues to have breastmilk, the more advantages there are – especially for their health.

Research also shows that children who were breastfed as babies are far less likely to suffer from cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma. Breastfeeding also helps to lower your baby’s risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes as an adult.

And for you as a parent, the longer you breastfeed, the higher protection you have against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

The resources in the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of the butterbean platform will help to inform and empower you as you decide how you want to feed your baby. Be sure to check it out!