Advantages for babiesBreast milk contains proteins, important fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and iron. These nutrients provide the ideal combination for a baby’s physical and mental development. Mother’s milk also contains antibodies which help to prevent infections. Babies which were breastfed also have a lower risk of becoming ill in later life and are less susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and allergies.
Breastfeeding is about more than nutrition. It strengthens the emotional bond between mother and child and provides affection and warmth.
Advantages for mothers
The hormone oxytocin is released in the mother’s body when she is breastfeeding. It triggers the milk flow, but it is also important in ensuring that the womb returns quickly to its original size and that post-natal vaginal discharge stops more quickly.
Studies have also found that breastfeeding has an enduring positive impact on the health of mothers. The risk of developing breast cancer, for example, is decreased. Other illnesses (e.g. high blood pressure and heart complaints) are also less common in women who have breastfed.
SWICA supports the 2023 Breastfeeding Campaign, which runs in German-speaking Switzerland from the beginning of May until July. For more information, visit stillkampagne.ch.