Benefits To Baby
Infections Protect against respiratory tract infections and diarrhoea, bile salt stimulated lipase, lactoferrin (which binds to iron and inhibits the growth of intestinal bacteria), and IgA antibodies. This is one of the important features of colostrum.
Lower risks of asthma, food allergies, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and leukaemia.
Improve cognitive development and decrease the risk of obesity in adulthood.
At one year, breastfed babies tend to be leaner than formula-fed babies, which improves long-run health.
Mother's immunity obtained by vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and influenza can protect the baby.
Other Health Effects
Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
Breastfeeding may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease in later life. Also, there is lower blood pressure later in life
Breastfed babies have a better chance of good dental health than formula-fed infants because of the developmental effects of breastfeeding on the oral cavity and airway.
The report suggested that children with a well-rounded, "U-shaped" dental arch, which is found more commonly in breastfed children, may have fewer problems with snoring and sleep apnea in later life.
Benefits To Mother
better uterus shrinkage, and less postpartum depression
Long-term benefits include:
Decreased risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis
Breastfeeding is less expensive than infant formula.
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