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Some Practical Benefits of Breastfeeding

Source: Summayyah's Garden (

Breastfed babies get sick less often

Assalamu aliekum wa rahmat'Allah, Here are a few conclusions come to by modern medicine and study that again confirm the wisdom of Allah the exalted and the completness and perfection of Islam.

Breastfed babies:

  • get sick less often and get less severe illnesses
  • are hospitalized less often and have a lower rate of mortality
  • have a lower risk of diarrheal disease
  • have a lower incidence of gastrointestinal illness
  • have a lower risk of urinary tract infections
  • have a lower incidence of respiratory disease
  • have a lower incidence of otitis media ear infections
  • have al lower incidence of allergies
  • have a lower rate of pneumonia
  • have lower rates of obesity
  • have a lower incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • have fewer learning and behavior difficulties


  • helps bond mother and child
  • confers passive immunity
  • is protective against measles and other communicable diseases
  • provides optimal growth and neurological development
  • prevents malocclusion and leads to better teeth and jaw development
  • protects against hypothermia
  • provides partial protection against necrotising entercolitis
  • provides major protection against bacteremia and meningitis
  • reduces the incidence of childhood lymphoma
  • enhances visual development
  • provides protection against neonatal sepsis
  • is less risky for premature babies and low birth rate babies

Artificially fed babies:

  • have an increased risk factor for juvenile diabetes
  • may have impaired antibody response to vaccines
  • who are premature experience apnea and bradycardia more frequently
  • have a higher risk of inflammatory illness
  • have a higher risk of celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cholera, and neonatal hypocalcemic tetany

Benefits for the Mother from breastfeeding:

  • bonds mother and child
  • provides the mother hormonal induced contentment
  • encourages efficient uterine contractions after childbirth
  • allows mothers to lose pregnancy weight and size faster
  • is convenient
  • the milk is pre-warmed, clean and always available
  • is cost effective and saves money
  • contributes to natural family planning
  • contributes to household food security
  • fosters confidence and promotes self-esteem
  • reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections
  • is protective against cancer (breast, ovarian, cervical)
  • lowers the incidence of chronic hepatitis
  • reduces the incidence of osteoporosis
  • reduces the requirements of insulin for lactating diabetic mothers Benefits for the community

Additionally breastfeeding:

  • results in less environmental waste and pollution
  • frees up health resources
  • saves money for hospitals and health clinics
  • may decrease spending on imports.

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