As you excitedly count down the weeks and days until you finally get to meet your little one, you might feel like all you’re doing is waiting. Yet this time is a great opportunity to learn about breastfeeding so that when the big day comes, you feel ready and confident to feed your baby and give her the best start.
Breastfeeding has countless benefits – for both your baby and you – but perhaps top of the list is your baby’s health. Breast milk helps protect your baby from diseases during infancy and even later in life.
The “superpowers” of breast milk will help fight the following problems during infancy and childhood:
- ear infections
- respiratory infections
Breastfeeding even plays a role in reducing the risks of your baby developing these health conditions in later life:
- heart diseases
As your pregnancy progresses, your amazing body is busy preparing to breastfeed so that when the time comes, you can pass on these “superpowers” of protection, and set your baby up for a healthy life.
American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics 2012; 129:e827-41.
Horta BL, Bahl R, Martines JC et al. Evidence on the long-term effects of breastfeeding: systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2007.
Meyers D. Breastfeeding and health outcomes. Breastfeed Med 2009; 4:S13-5.
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