Of course, we want to produce enough breast milk for our babies. But, why is breastfeeding so important?
For starters, breastfeeding benefits your baby's immune system. Your breast milk contains almost all the vital nutrients your baby needs to thrive. It is full of immune-boosting substances, antibodies, enzymes, white blood cells, healthy bacteria, and so much more. All of these gems found in breast milk help keep your baby healthy and strong in order to fight off potential diseases and infections. If you choose to vaccinate your baby, breastfeeding is also said to help vaccines be more effective because breastfed babies have a better antibody response.
You and your baby both experience psychological benefits from breastfeeding. Consider this, your baby has just left the comfort of your belly and entered a bright world filled with new noises, colors, and smells. All the new sensory experiences can be overwhelming, but during breastfeeding, you hold your baby close, which nourishes them through the nutrients in your breast milk and through the bond you form from skin-to-skin contact. Breastfeeding releases feel-good hormones and a sense of security, love, and protection on both ends.