Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is Worth It


With cracked or sore nipples, engorged breasts, and all sorts of other challenges that come with nursing, new moms may be tempted to throw breastfeeding out the window. After all, it can’t make that much of a difference, right?

Well actually, it can! In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) and (UNICEF) recently published statements advocating that hospitals encourage and support breastfeeding for the first two years of a child’s life after birth because of the health benefits it provides (1). Here are just a few of the research-based benefits of breastfeeding your baby.

1. Healthier Baby

Formula developers have worked hard over the years to make formula the best it can be: as close to breast milk as possible. Why? Well they don’t call breast milk liquid gold for nothing!

Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest. Not only that, but It’s chock full of the right calories and nutrients for your little one. It also has antibodies to protect your baby from sickness, and breast-fed babies are less likely to get other diseases as well (2). Choosing to breastfeed if you’re able will help your baby be as healthy as possible.

2. Healthier Mom

After delivery, moms need to recover. Nursing a baby can help with that! Breastfeeding helps a new mom’s uterus shrink back down to size and minimizes uterine bleeding. Women who breastfeed are at lower risk for ovarian and uterine cancer. It also burns extra calories, which can help a mom shed those extra pounds more quickly too (3). If you want help in your recovery process, breastfeeding is a good way to go!

3. Better Bond

Spending that regular time each day snuggled up to your baby can really help your relationship! Nursing your baby releases the hormone oxytocin, which “promotes a strong sense of love and attachment” (3). Research shows that breastfeeding can lead to better bonding between you and your child (4).

Keep Going

Not all moms are able to breastfeed, and that’s okay. But if you have the option to breastfeed your baby, do it! Nursing will help your baby, you, and your relationship. While it may seem daunting in the beginning, keep on going. Breastfeeding is worth it!

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1. Reuters. (2018, April 11). Hospitals must support breastfeeding which saves lives – WHO, UNICEF. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-babies-un/hospitals-must-support-breastfeeding-which-saves-lives-who-unicef-idUSKBN1HI2SU 

2. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015, November 21). Why breastfeed. Retrieved from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Why-Breastfeed.aspx

3. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011, April 1). Benefits of breastfeeding for mom. Retrieved from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Benefits-of-Breastfeeding-for-Mom.aspx

4. Else-Quest, N. M., Hyde, J. S., & Clark, R. (2003, October). Breastfeeding, bonding, and the mother-infant relationship. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 49(4), 495-517. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/247828086_Breastfeeding_Bonding_and_the_Mother-Infant_Relationship

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