Starting your baby’s health off on the right foot: The benefits of breastfeeding

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger


In honor of September being National Healthy Aging Month, we at Jayhawk Pharmacy are dedicating our blog to a four-part series on healthy aging.  Healthy aging does not have to start when you’re in your early twenties, or even in your forties, it can start from day one.  It has been scientifically proven that breastfeeding can have a substantial, positive, impact on your baby’s health both short-term and long-term.  However the benefits are not solely for the baby, but there are benefits for the mother as well.

Short-term impact on health

It is a well-known fact that a baby’s first six months, or so, are predominantly spent eating and sleeping.  The nutrition of the child is incredibly important early on, and breastfeeding helps supply the child with the rich combination of vitamins and nutrients necessary to sustain healthy growth.

Part of healthy growth also involves the baby’s immune system and its development.  Breastfeeding passes on the proper pathogens and substances, like immunoglobulin A (IgA), that help protect your baby from harmful bacteria and develop their immune system.   Through a study completed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, breastfed children have a 20% lower chance of dying between the ages of 28 days and one year, than do non-breastfed children.  The correlation continues to state that the longer the child is breastfed, the more this percentage is impacted in a positive manner.

Long-term impact of breastfeeding

Starting off healthy is incredibly important and can parlay into long-term health benefits too.  The biggest long-term benefit of breastfeeding is the continued impact on the child’s health after the child stops actually breastfeeding.  Studies have shown a lower appearance of a host of diseases and conditions that tend to strike later on in life such as: Type 1 & 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).

Impact of breastfeeding on the mother

Breastfeeding does not only benefit the baby, but can also have a positive impact on the mother’s health as well.  For example, studies show that breastfeeding burns extra calories which can help the mother on her journey towards losing baby weight.  It also has been linked, not only, to lowering the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer, but also potentially lowering the risk of osteoporosis as well.

These are just the health impacts, breastfeeding also has financial and time benefits as well.  The financial benefit comes from not having to buy formula, and other supplies, while the time benefits come from not having to wash bottles, measure formula, and sterilize nipples.

How Jayhawk can help with breastfeeding?

Jayhawk Pharmacy has a line of breast pumps to help you along your breastfeeding journey.  Breast pumps can help make you more efficient with the little free-time that you actually have with newborns.  Also, for all of you working mothers, using breast pumps from the beginning can help you build up a surplus supply of breast milk to be used once your maternity leave is over.  Pumping can also help you continue to produce while working, allowing you to continue breastfeeding after you go back to work.

For these and other products for healthy aging, visit our product catalog for more information, and stay tuned for other healthy aging posts this month.


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