25 Nov Can Breastfeeding Make your Baby Smarter?
There has been a lot of debate over the years about whether to breastfeed or not. More recently even, there has been a lot of controversy on the topic of breastfeeding in public. No matter your stance on that, you can’t deny the positive effects that breastfeeding has on a growing baby. Including being linked to higher IQ scores later on in life. In addition to higher intelligence, here are a few more added benefits to breastfeeding your little one over feeding them formula:
1.) Perfect Mix of Nutrients. Breast milk is natures way of delivering the ideal mix of nutrients including proteins, vitamins and fat. Everything your baby needs to grow strong and healthy. In addition to providing the perfect essential mix of nutrients your baby needs, it is derived in the best form for digestions and absorption. Something that formula just can’t mimic.
2.) Antibodies. Breast milk provides your baby with the strongest and most essential antibodies to help fight off viruses and bacteria. These antibodies cannot be replicated by synthetic, man made formula no matter how hard we try. This is natures way of ensuring we become strong and able to fight off disease in the future.
3.) Decreases the Risk of Childhood Obesity. Studies have shown that the ingredients in breast milk have been linked to children gaining the right amount of weight as they grow lowering the likelihood of developing childhood obesity or adult obesity later on in life. There are some very ground breaking studies even linking breastfeeding to lowing the risk of diabetes and certain cancers later on in life.
4.) Lower the risk of SIDS. SIDS claims the lives of about 2,500 children each year and is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month- 1 year old. Still to this day, SIDS is still widely a mystery and remains unpredictable despite several years of research. However, according the AAP, breastfeeding may play a role in the prevention of SIDS.
5.) Super Benefits to Mothers. In addition to all of the great benefits breastfeeding has for your baby, there lots of additional benefits to mothers who breastfeed. It has been known to help new mothers lose that ‘pregnancy weight’ way faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin reducing uterine bleeding and helps return your uterus back to it’s normal size. It can also lower a mother’s risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis later in life.
There are so many more benefits to breastfeeding than are listed here. Before you make a decision on what is best for your family, we encourage you to do your research and weigh the risks and benefits for the ‘convenience’ of formula vs. breastfeeding.