Breastfeeding is best
feeding. A Mother's milk is the best food for babies. It contains exactly the
right amount of nutrients required, in the right proportions, to ensure that
your baby gets the perfect balanced meal.
Today, more and
more mothers are opting to bottle-feed their babies earlier than they
used to, primarily because they need to return to work. Women now stop
breastfeeding in just 1 or 2 months and start bottle-feeding their
babes as early as possible.
The question that arises
then is should they pump and store breast milk? Is it worth the effort? If they
have to breastfeed for such a short period of time is it really worth it to
breastfeed at all?
The answer is yes! Perhaps
if mothers were aware of the tremendous benefits of
breastfeeding for a prolonged period, they would rethink their
decision. Here's why.
Mother's milk is
undoubtedly the best food for babies. It is a living fluid and contains exactly
the right amount of nutrients required by a baby, in the right proportions, to
ensure that the baby gets the perfect balanced meal. Manufactured
milk, no matter how fortified it may be, can come close to being as nutritious
as breast milk.
A recent study
based on data from the National Family Health Surveys of 1998-99 and 2005-06
found that in the case children who were not fed the first breast milk, they were
more at risk of undernourishment than those who were fed the first breast milk.
Breastfeeding increases Immunity
Needless to say, a
newborn is extremely delicate and susceptible to many diseases. It is thus
recommended that mothers always breastfeed their baby in
its initial stages. The first milk that flows out of a mother's breast is
called colostrums, and it is packed with antibodies that increase a baby's
immunity. In addition, colostrums also protect a newborn's intestines and
strengthen its respiratory system.
have shown that babies who have been artificially fed have higher chances of
developing pneumonia, gastroenteritis, middle ear infections and various other
health problems. Breastfed babies also react better to other immunizations.
Breastfeeding increases Intelligence
Do you want your
child to grow up to be intelligent? Breastfed
babies have better brain development than their non-breastfed counterparts. Of
course, there are various other reasons that contribute to brain development,
but research shows that breast milk also contributes to this. Human
milk has certain ingredients that contribute to the brainâ€™s development, which
are not found in artificial milk.
the benefits of breastfeeding are almost immediate, and your baby
reaps the benefits as soon as you start breastfeeding him. The longer
you breastfeed your baby, the better it is for him. In general, a baby should
be fed breast milk exclusively for at least six months.
Breastfeeding prevent Allergies
Babies who are fed milk formulae fortified
with cow's milk or soy milk are more susceptible to developing allergies. Breast milk protects the infantâ€™s
intestinal tract without which the wall of the intestine may get inflamed,
thereby allowing undigested proteins to leak through and cause allergies.
Breastfeeding helps babies recover better from Stuttering
A recent study has deduced a connection between
breastfeeding and the probability of children recovering from stuttering. The
study found that boys who had been breastfed for more than a year had
significantly lesser odds of suffering from persistent speech problems when compared to those who have
never been breastfed. This is because breast milk significantly affects
neurodevelopment and benefits children for years after weaning.
Breastfeeding is beneficial for Premature Babies
Nature provides for
everything! If your baby is premature, your breast milk will also be
premature, and this breast milk contains nutrients suited to its needs. In
addition, this milk will be easier to digest for the poorly developed digestive
system of a premature baby.
Suckling benefits of Breastfeeding
Studies have shown
that not just the milk, but also the very act of breastfeeding is beneficial
for babies. Breastfed babies have stronger and better formed teeth. Suckling
also improves hand to eye coordination! In addition, it allows for bonding
between the mother and the baby. If the father feels left down during
breastfeeding, he can contribute to feeding the baby semi-solids and
food during and after the weaning stage.
where the baby is unable to suckle at its motherâ€™s breast, owing
to certain afflictions, it is recommended that mothers express the breast milk and
feed it to the baby.
Other Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Non-breastfed babies have higher chances of growing into obese adults.
- Breastfed babies grow differently to non-breastfed babies, and have separate growth rates and patterns.
- Breastfed babies have lower chances of dying from a syndrome called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers
- A new British study has indicated that mothers who breastfeed for an extended period, have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Alzheimerâ€™s is distinguished by insulin resistance in the brain and it is suggested that breastfeeding serves to restore the insulin, whose tolerance is said to decrease significantly during pregnancy.
- Breastfeeding helps to reduce the motherâ€™s stress levels and their chances of suffering from postpartum depression.
- Breastfeeding for a prolonged period of time reduces the motherâ€™s chances of suffering from type 2 diabetes, ovarian or breast cancer in the future.
- Breastfeeding also helps mothers to burn calories much quicker. So if you didn't already have enough reasons to breastfeed your newborn, remember that breastfeeding will help you lose all those extra pounds you put on during pregnancy, rapidly!
Do you agree that breastfeeding is best feeding? How long should you
breastfeed your baby? What are the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and
their mothers? Discuss here.