The fat in breastmilk contains high levels of cholesterol and this may protect your child from high cholesterol levels later in life.
Many people know that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to infant feeding. However, the research is growing that shows that there are also risks of not breastfeeding. The following fast facts highlight the growing number of benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the risks associated with not breastfeeding your baby.
Breastmilk contains important antibodies that help prevent diseases and infections (e.g., middle ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea and vomiting, and juvenile diabetes).
Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of your baby developing allergies (if there is a family history of allergies).
Breastfeeding protection, promotion and support increases the percentage of mothers who breastfeed their child beyond six months. Studies have shown that when all forms of breastfeeding support are offered at all follow-ups with the child up to nine months of age, mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding (Renfrew, McCormick, Wade, Quinn & Dowswell, 2012).
Breastfeeding helps your baby decide when she is hungry and when she is full. This helps with appetite regulation for life.