You probably have heard and read a lot about it: Breastfeeding. That is why we will keep it brief and focus on the most important facts.
Breastfeeding is the best start for your baby
Breastfeeding not only contains the optimal amount of nutrients, it also contains antibodies which will help to protect your baby against diseases and infections. Especially colostrum (the 'first' milk in the days after child birth) contains large amounts of these protective antibodies.
Breastfeeding creates a bond
When you breastfeed your baby your body release a hormone called oxytocine. This hormone stimulates the bonding between mother and child.
Breastfeeding helps to loose weight
You approximately use around 500 additional calories a day when you are breastfeed your baby. This explains why women that breastfeed usually loose their pregnancy pounds faster.
You don't have to worry if your little get's to much
If you feed on demand than you don't have to worry about giving to much. Your little one will make sure that he is getting enough.
Less risk of developing allergies such as asthma or eczema
The antibodies in breast milk help to reduce the risk of developing allergies such as asthma or eczema. They also help to prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Less risk to develop certain types of cancer
Woman that have breastfed over a longer period, have less risk to develop breast, ovary and cervical cancer.
Baby's that are being breastfed experience less discomfort from cramps.
For more information on breastfeeding please check the website of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
If you have come to the point where you want to slowly reduce breastfeeding (for instance after six months) than you could consider a formula based on goat milk as an alternative.