Benefits of breast feeding

  1. Immune system
    Responds better to vaccination. Breast feeding helps to mature the immune system and decrease the risk of childhood cancer.
  2. Skin
    Less allergic eczema in breast feeding infant.
  3. Eyes
    Visual acuity is higher in babies fed breast milk.
  4. Ears
    Breast feeding babies get fewer ear infection.
  5. Mouth
    Less need for orthodontics in children who were breastfed longer than one year. Improved muscle development of face from sucking at the breast.
  6. Bowel
    Less diarrhea and constipation, fewer gastrointestinal infection in babies who are breast feeding. Six month or more of exclusive breastfeeding reduces risk of food allergy.

Exclusive Breast Feeding

  • Defined as giving only breast milk to infant, and no other fluids.
  • Mothers are usually encouraged to start EBF as soon as half an hour after delivery until the baby reaches six months of old.
  • After 6 months of age, breastfeeding is often recommended up to 2 years of age.

Let Down Reflex (Breast Milk Leakage)

The let-down reflex also referred to as milk-ejection, is a reflex or involuntary natural reaction that occurs when your baby is breastfed.

Symptoms

  • Sense of tingling, pins and needles, or a burning sensation in breasts while baby is breastfed.
  • The breast that the baby is not nursed on is leaking or spraying milk.
  • Hear baby gulping and swallowing.
  • There is breast milk dripping out of baby’s mouth.