In 2017 I'd say that most are aware of many benefits of breastfeeding. For starters, it's convenient, breast milk is filled with nutrients specifically designed to help your baby grow, and it can lower the risk of respiratory infections. Of course, not all mothers nurse, and that's OK. It doesn't matter if you were unable and/or just didn't want to breastfeed, either. After all, formula is a suitable, safe, and healthy alternative. But there are a few benefits of breastfeeding that no one talks about that truly highlight how magical breast milk can be. Those benefits don't downplay the importance of formula, or how it has literally saved millions of babies' lives, but it does spotlight the unique positives of breastfeeding that all moms should be made aware of before they decide how they'll feed their child.
Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., professor of pediatrics and OB-GYN at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., and the author of Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession, tells Fit Pregnancy that breastfeeding contributes to a healthier baby because "incidences of pneumonia, colds, and viruses are reduced." And while the aforementioned is among one of the more obvious benefits of breastfeeding, Dr. Lawrence goes on to add that breastfeeding leads toa lower risk of the mother being exposed to postmenopausal osteoporosis because lactation aids in a the woman's body and "absorbs calcium much more efficiently."
So not only is breastfeeding good for the baby, but it's great for the mother doing all that "feeding another human being with her body" stuff, too. So with that in mind, and because staying as informed as possible should always be the name of the parenting game, here are some other great benefits of nursing that aren't discussed as often as they should be: