April 20, 2014

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

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Breast feeding is the first nutritious connection of a new born with his/her mother. The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous and paramount to the baby, mother and the whole society. Our religion clearly explains that women should breast feed for 2 years and medical research has recently supported that by encouraging mothers to breast feed up to 24 months.

Breastfed babies tend have have a better immune system, have less health issues when growing up.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Nutrition Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants. It is the source of nourishment recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians.
  • Cognitive Development Results from some studies suggest that breastfeeding enhances cognitive development.
  • Emotional Development Breastfeeding helps mothers bond with their babies. Physical contact is important to newborns and helps the baby feel more secure, warm and comforted.
  • Many studies show that breastfed infants have:
  • Lower rates of chronic childhood diseases and conditions such as diabetes, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, allergies, and asthma
  • Lower rates of acute childhood diseases such as diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis, obesity, and childhood leukemia
  • Lower rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Better responses to immunizations

The Benefits to Mothers

  • Ease
  • Breastfeeding saves time and money: no purchasing or preparation of formula and bottles is needed.
  • Bonding
  • Breastfeeding mothers tend to increase self-confidence and bonding with their infants, and breastfeeding feels good for the mom, if done properly
  • Cancer Risk Reduction
  • Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
  • Weight Loss
  • Breastfeeding burns extra calories, making it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds. Breastfeeding also helps the uterus get back to its original size and lessens any bleeding a woman may have after giving birth

The society will benefit from lower cost of health care spending on the mothers, babies and subsequent adults who might suffer from a weak immmune system that makes them prone to a multitude of diseases. We should encourage the mothers to breast feed their children at least up until 18 months.

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