- Breastfeeding satisfies baby’s emotional needs and increases bonding between mother and baby There is no more comforting feeling for an infant of any age than being held close and cuddled while breastfeeding. In fact, studies have shown that premature babies are more likely to die if they are not held or stroked. Hormone oxytocin is stimulated in mothers body by breastfeeding and that hormone act to develop maternity actions and bonding between the baby and his mother
- Breast milk is more digestible than formula Researches show that formula milk contains more protein than breastfeeding milk and based don that formula-fed babies usually receive more protein than they need and most of it is less digestible for the baby, so the baby cannot absorb so much protein, and end up excrete the excess in their stool, whereas breast-fed babies absorb virtually 100% of the protein in mother’s milk.”
- Formula feeding increases baby girls’ risk of developing breast cancer in later life Women who were formula-fed as infants have higher rates of breast cancer as adults. For both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer, women who were breastfed as children, even if only for a short time, had a 25% lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who were bottle-fed as infants.
- Baby’s suckling helps shrink mother’s uterus after childbirth The uterus of the non-breastfeeding mother will never shrink back to its pre-pregnant size. It will always remain slightly enlarged.
- Formula feeding may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) Sadly, as of now, researchers have not yet discovered any one factor to account for SIDS. However, there are a number of studies showing a possible link between lack of breastfeeding and SIDS. A Swedish study has found that babies who were breastfed exclusively for less than 8 weeks had a 3 – 5 times greater risk of dying from SIDS than babies who were breastfed exclusively for four months