Science-Based Benefits of Breastfeeding


Earlier this month, we celebrated Breastfeeding Week over on Instagram. Whilst it’s great to have a week where it is recognised internationally, I think it deserves to be spoken about openly all year round! Let’s take a look at some benefits backed by science.

The thing that is so great about breast milk is the fact is has the right amount of nutrients for the baby. It’s also very easy to digest and also works on a supply and demand basis, so it’s readily available. Numerous studies have shown that breastfeeding has major health benefits for both mum and the baby.

Breast milk is packed with antibodies that help your baby fight off any unwanted bacteria or viruses. How does this work? When the mum is exposed to any of these things, her body starts producing antibodies. These are then secreted into the milk and passed to the baby during feeding. Many studies have shown that babies that are not breastfed are more vulnerable to health issues such as diarrhoea and infection as formula does not provide the antibodies.

In addition to helping the baby, many like to breastfeed as it may help some lose baby weight. Breastfeeding increases a mother’s energy demands and leads to an increase in fat burning. 3-6 months after delivery, those who breastfeed have been known to lose more weight than those who don’t breastfeed.

You can also save a lot of time and money breastfeeding. You won’t need to clean and sterilise bottles, mix and warm up bottles during the night or spend money on formula! Of course, not everyone can breastfeed or even wants to and that is also fine. I respect every mother’s right to choose. With the rate of breastfeeding as low as 30% in some groups, I thought it was worth listing some of the benefits for anyone interested in learning more!

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