The list is endless when it comes to benefits of breastfeeding. Both mom and baby reap the benefits of breastfeeding so it is no surprise more and more women are choosing to breastfeed their infants. At times it can be hard to digest all of the information available on breastfeeding vs. formula so we’ve broken down the top reasons why breastfeeding is better than formula.
Breastmilk contains colostrum
Colostrum nature’s perfect first food. This secretion of fluid from the mammary glands precedes the production of milk and supplies immune and growth factors along with the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals to ensure the health, vitality, and growth of your baby. Colostrum cannot be found in commercial infant formulas and is rich in antibodies are proven to boost baby’s immunity.
Disease prevention, infant development, and more!
Breastfeeding has lifelong benefits of continued disease resistance to include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. According to UNICEF, studies suggest that babies receiving breast milk are less likely to suffer from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Researchers have also concluded that breast milk enhances cognitive development as well, and provides emotional soothing to both baby and mother.
Benefits for Mom
Mothers who choose to breastfeed also receive health benefits as data indicates breastfeeding is a preventative for osteoporosis development and breast cancer, not to mention provides the body with enhanced weight loss ability after childbirth.
Many mothers find breastfeeding to be more economically sound as refrigerated breast milk can be consumed within two days and up to six months if kept frozen. It is also more fiscally advantageous if you consider the reduction in overall medical expenses as formula fed babies statistically encounter far more health issues than babies who receive breast milk.
Making the most out of your breastfeeding journey
More mothers are considering breast milk opposed to formula based on the aforementioned benefits breast milk provides. The availability of breastpumps is also becoming more prevalent as society is making the shift to breast milk as a preferred choice.
Double electric breastpumps are an effective and easy way to express milk for mothers planning to return to the work force. These kinds of breastpumps allow for both breasts to receive expression simultaneously and quickly. Breast milk coolers are also available to provide a means for cooling and storing breast milk where refrigeration isn’t as practical.
Many insurance policies also consider the purchase of an electric breastpump from a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider a preventative covered service at 100%.
Aeroflow Breastpumps is an industry leading DME provider and participates with most insurance plans, and maintains ongoing initiatives to expand their participation network. To qualify for your breastpump through insurance fill out our online form and our Breastpump Specialists will do the rest! For immediate assistance feel free to reach out at 844-867-9890. We look forward to hearing from you!