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BENEFITS OF EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING TO BOTH INFANT AND MOTHER BY AFIA BUTT, NUTRITION ADVISOR

Infant Benefits

Health Benefits For Infants

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis
  • Fewer cold and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia or whooping cough
  • Fewer ear infections
  • Fewer case of bacterial meningitis
  • Lower rate of infant mortality
  • Lower rate of sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS)
  • Fewer instances of allergies, eczema and asthma
  • Fewer childhood cancers including leukemia and lymphomas
  • Lower risk of type I and type II diabetes
  • Less likelihood of becoming obese later in childhood
  • improved brain maturation

Mother Benefits

Health Benefits for Mothers

a) Physically

  • Promotes faster weight loss after birth burning about 500 calories a day to build and maintain a milk supply
  • Stimulates the uterus to contract and return to normal size
  • Less postpartum bleeding
  • Fewer urinary tract infections
  • Less chance of anemia
  • Less risk of postpartum depression

b) Emotionally

  • Breastfeeding produce the naturally soothing hormones oxytocin and prolactin that promote stress reduction and positive feelings in the nursing mothers.
  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Physical and emotional bonding between mother and child is increased

c) For Life

  • Lower risk of breast cancer
  • Lower risk of ovarian cancer
  • Lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • Lower risk of endometriosis
  • Lower risk of osteoporosis
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Lower risk of hypertension
  • Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases

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