Breast milk provides the ideal nutrients infants need, it has a perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat that your baby needs to grow. Breast milk gives babies bacteria and virus fighting cells. Babies that are breastfed also tend to develop stronger immune systems, have less allergies and respiratory problems than babies who aren’t breastfed. Some data also suggests that breastfeeding contributes to higher IQs.
Apart from helping create a special bond between you and your baby, breastfeeding helps moms burn extra calories thereby helping you lose pregnancy weight faster. It also lowers the risk of certain cancers such as breast and ovarian.
However, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests the long-term benefits could also include reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. The study which was carried out in China involved 289,573 women who provided information on how many children they had, whether they breastfed or and for how long. The study shows that women who breastfed their babies had a 9% lower risk of having heart disease and stroke. It also shows that there was an even lower risk for those who breastfed their babies for two years or more.
This research doesn’t imply that women who don’t breastfeed will develop heart problems, it only stressed the importance of breastfeeding.
No ideal length of time to breastfeed has been specified in order to gain the greatest benefits for healthy heart, further research may shed more light on that.
Lesson of the day ladies, Breastfeed your baby. It has lots of benefits for both the both of you!