Benefits of a Breastfeeding Baby – Why you should consider breastfeeding your baby?

Breastfeeding is so important I want to emphasize even more the benefits that a breastfed baby gets. I am an auxiliary technician in breastfeeding and my job is to help, inform, and support all mothers who are breastfeeding or who wish to do so.

The benefits of a breastfeeding baby are countless, here I will name some of the most important:

Reduces the risk of acute diseases during childhood

Some of them are:

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis: It is a serious intestinal disease in newborns. It occurs when the tissue of the colon (the large intestine) becomes inflamed.

That inflammation damages and sometimes kills the colon tissue.

  • Infections of the central nervous system: these include meningitis and herpetic encephalitis.
    • Otic Infections: Acute otitis media is the middle ear infection caused by bacteria or viruses that enter the airspace of the middle ear from the throat and nose, through the Eustachian tube.

 

  • Respiratory infections: Infections of the lower respiratory tract, caused by viruses or bacteria, are the main cause of illness and mortality in children. Among the bacterial respiratory infections are a whooping cough, tonsillitis, bronchopneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and sinusitis.

 

  • Gastrointestinal infections: Like gastroenteritis, which is the acute inflammation of the stomach (gastro) and/or intestinal mucous (enteritis) inflammation that causes an increase in the production of stool or the elimination of water through the intestine, accompanied in many cases of vomiting, fever, and pain in the abdomen.

 

  • Urinary infections: It is more frequent in girls because they have a shorter urethra. In babies, it is difficult to diagnose. Its main symptoms are that the baby does not gain weight, has a high fever and/or has a strange smell in the urine. The term “urinary infection” includes all urinary tract infections.

Promotes maxillofacial development

Breastfeeding is the first and most important stimulus in favoring the correct development of the maxillary bones, as well as the entire musculature and joints around the oral cavity.

A baby that breastfeeds, tones and strengthens in an ideal way, all the muscles involved in the functions of sucking and chewing. It is also ensuring proper development of his breathing and swallowing,

which allows these two acts to be properly synchronized.

This, in turn, significantly decreases the subsequent appearance of problems of bad bite or malocclusion.

When suckling, the baby strengthens and maintains the physiological nasal breathing circuit, which allows him to suck, swallow and breathe through the nose in a synchronized manner.


Reduces the risk of chronic diseases during childhood as:

  • Asthma: It is a disease that causes the airways to swell and become narrow. This causes wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and cough.

 

  • Allergies: Allergy is a reaction of the immune system to a substance in the environment called the allergen. When a child with allergies comes in contact with any of these substances (either by touching, inhaling, eating or injecting them), their body detects them as a dangerous invader and releases histamines and other chemicals to reject them. These chemicals cause irritation in your body and cause symptoms such as clear mucus (nose drips frequently), sneezing, itching, and coughing.

 

  • Atopic dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis has a different appearance and symptoms in infants, children, and adults: Babies can have symptoms with only 2-3 months of life. A rash may suddenly appear that leaves the skin dry, flaky and itchy.

 

  • Celiac disease: Celiac disease, also known as celiac disease or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is characterized by inflammation of the mucus of the small intestine as a consequence of an immunological and permanent intolerance to gluten ingested from barley, wheat, rye and, in those who have a genetic predisposition to suffer the disease, also to oats.

 

  • Diabetes mellitus Type 1 and 2: Diabetes mellitus type 1 occurs when the body destroys the beta cells of the pancreas, which produce insulin.

Diabetes mellitus type 2, typical of subjects older than 40 years, initially the pancreas itself produces insulin, but the problem is that this insulin does not work well because there are problems in the place of action of this hormone (muscle or liver cells for example). These problems are usually due to the presence of obesity, among others, so that a proper diet and exercise, to control weight are the initial treatment.

 

 

  • Ulcerating colitis: Ulcerating colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon (the large intestine) and the rectum. It is characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the inner wall of the colon. Typical symptoms include diarrhea (sometimes with blood) and often abdominal pain.
  • Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory process of the intestinal tract mainly. Although it can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the lower portion of the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon and rectum).

 

  • Systemic arterial hypertension: Systemic hypertension is high blood pressure in the systemic arteries – the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the tissues of the body (except the lungs).

 

  • Hypercholesterolemia: It is the increase of the normal amount of cholesterol in the blood.

 

  • Overweight and obesity.

 

  • Cancer (leukemia and lymphoma): The main difference between these types of cancer is that leukemia, mainly affect the bone marrow and blood, and can spread to other parts of the body, while lymphomas mainly affect the lymph nodes or other organs, although they can affect the bone marrow.

Some other important aspects of breast milk are:

  1. Prevents the appearance of cavities.
  2. It favors the digestion process.
  3. Increases intellectual coherence and favors neurodevelopment.
  4. Decreases infant mortality.
  5. Facilitates the adaptation of premature children.
  6. The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome decreases.

For all that and much more …

Breastfeeding is very important as it directly affects the health of the child during childhood and, later, during adulthood.

I hope this post is interesting and helps many mothers and future mothers to choose to breastfeed 🙂

Any questions you have, you can leave me in the comments, I will be more than happy to help you.

Thank you very much for reading and do not forget to share. 🙂

 

Happy Breastfeeding!

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Benefits of a Breastfeeding Baby – Why you should consider breastfeeding your baby?

  1. Hey there! Thanks for writing this article. I think society in general has forgotten how important breastfeeding is and how NATURAL it is to happen. I breastfed my daughter and she never got sick, gassy or constipated. Of course, I was very conscious of what I ate as well but it had me in awe how healthy she stayed while I was breastfeeding her. The only time she got sick was from being at a family dinner where there was residual cigarette smoke because my hubby’s family smokes. I don’t know why people smoke around children either but that’s a different conversation for a different day.

    Anyways, I hope this helps other moms and dads to see the importance of breastfeeding and to feel more comfortable about it. I was so nervous at first to breastfeed in public. Well I didn’t expose anything like some moms do which I think is brave and awesome because its the natural thing to do.

    Keep sharing! 🙂

    Marlinda

    1. Hello Marlinda, congratulations for breastfeeding your baby 🙂 and you are absolutely right, breastfed babies get sick less thanks to all the nutrients and antibodies that are passed through breast milk.

  2. a question pops to mind. Is it the same level of benefit if a mother pumps the milk into a bottle and feeds the baby from the bottle ? Or must it be that mothers put the child to feed directly?

     The hospitals recommend breast milk for the babies but many breastfeeding mothers are stigmatised for breastfeeding babies in public places.i advocate for breastfeeding and I think mothers should go ahead with a bit of support from the public especially when it is required in public areas.

    1. Hello Padedayo, thank you for your question, if you take the necessary measures of hygiene and preservation at the time of expressing breast milk, it should be equally beneficial, but it is always preferable that the baby suck directly from his mother’s breast, in this way the production of milk will not be affected, it is not the same suction that produces a breast pump that the baby does.

      And yes, you are right that there are places that do not accept seeing a woman breastfeeding her baby, where I live, it was even forbidden to breastfeed in some shopping centers, it’s crazy! But there are the ergonomic baby carriers, where you can breastfeed without problems because it covers the chest and the baby, you can read about the baby slings or ergonomic backpacks, they are ideal for these cases. Of course it is preferable and my dream that breastfeeding is accepted by all because it is natural, and the best food that a baby can receive.

  3. Breastfeeding is my favorite part of motherhood! My LO is 10 months and has been exclusively breastfed. I love the time that we have had together during our feedings. It has not always been easy but we have worked through it and the time has been just magical! I hope to breastfeed for many more months! 

    Kara

    1. Hi Kara, congratulations for your exclusive breastfeeding, 10 months is a real achievement and I assure you that you are giving your baby the best 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  4. Please keep up this good work of educating new mothers about the importance of breast feeding.

    Before we had any children, my wife and I were of the same mind that she would breastfeed as long as possible. When our first daughter was born,  that is what she did, she breastfed. Unfortunately, she was only able to do it for six months because she needed back surgery to stabilize a her L1/L2 region that had been damaged in a car accident a couple of years earlier. She had been previously scheduled for surgery but we found out that she was pregnant so had to postpone. The doctor told us that my wife needed to recover her calcium levels in order to properly recover from the bone fusion they were going to do. Our daughter was put on baby formula and had an adverse reaction to it. She would often have stomach discomforts and became renown for what we called “projectile vomiting”.

    When our second and third daughters were born, there were no limitations and my wife breast fed for about a year and half. It was good for the babies and my wife always enjoyed the mother / daughter bonding time.

    One of our friends recently (one month ago) had a baby and a pediatrician encouraged the mother to supplement breastfeeding with baby formula. The baby has been quite agitated for some time with lots of crying day and night, and is no longer defecating. Just yesterday we found out that the baby was admitted to hospital with what the doctor states is intestinal problems. I can’t help but think that giving the baby formula at such a young age might be responsible for some of these difficulties.

    Saludos y deseandole buen exito!!!

    1. Hi Mitchguy, thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience, it must have been very sad what happened to your wife and the consequences of formula consumption in your baby, but I can assure you that with the first six months that she received the breast milk, also received many nutrients and antibodies that only breast milk can provide.
      Congratulations for your other children 🙂
      And it is sad that there are outdated pediatricians who recommend supplementing with formula, and since they are pediatricians, parents trust that it is the best and many times things like this happen with terrible consequences on the health of the baby 🙁

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