Breastfeeding also contributes to weight loss in women after the birth of the baby. Often times, women fail to realize how beneficial breastfeeding is for the health of her baby and her own health. It is vital for women to understand all of the benefits in order to promote the utmost quality of health for mothers and babies.
Swarts, Kruger, amp. Dolman in their study found that the mothers were aware that breastfeeding had a number of benefits such as the provision of immunity, bonding with the baby, the abundance of breast milk anytime for free, baby nourishment, and show of love. In a study on primary care professionals in North Dublin, Whelan, McEvoy, Eldin, amp. Kearney found that 76%, 92% and 79% of general practitioners, public health nurses, and practice nurses respectively agreed that exclusive breastfeeding was the most beneficial form of nutrition during the first six months of life. This admission by the majority of primary care professionals on the benefits of breastfeeding is important for the promotion of breastfeeding among mothers. One of the benefits of breastfeeding as noted by 87%, 96% and 89% of general practitioners, public health nurses, and practice nurses respectively was that a breastfed infant has increased immune function compared with a bottle-fed baby.
Wheelan et al. found that 81%, 98% and 90% of general practitioners, public health nurses, and practice nurses respectively agreed that it was their responsibility to promote breastfeeding. This shows a higher admission and knowledge on the role of primary care professionals in breastfeeding education. Further, 33% of the respondents in a study by Swarts, et al. in South Africa noted that the health care professionals influenced their decision to breastfeed.