Breast-fed Babies For More Healthy

Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. It contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, but also packed with disease fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. Hence it is highly recommended to only breastfeed babies for the first six months.

Breastfeeding offers a lot of benefits for both you and your baby.

Protects your baby from a long list of illness – Numerous studies have shown that stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections and meningitis occur less often I breastfed babies. Your breast milk is specifically tailored to your baby. The immune factor at work here is a substance called secretory immunoglobulin A that’s present in large amounts in colostrums, the first milk your body produces for your baby.

Protects your baby from developing allergies – Babies who are fed on formula based on cow’s milk or soy tend to have more allergic reactions than breastfed babies. Since the formulas do not have secretory IgA the babies do not get protection and this allows undigested proteins to cross the gut where they can cause an allergic reaction and other health problems.

Boosts your child’s intelligence – Experts say that the emotional bonding takes place during breastfeeding probably contributes to some of the brainpower benefits, but that the fatty acids in breast milk may play the biggest role.

Protects your child from obesity – Breast milk contains less insulin than formula and breastfed babies have more leptin in their system, a hormone that researchers believe plays a role in regulating appetite and fat.

Lowers your baby’s risk of SIDS – The researchers found that exclusive breastfeeding at 1 month of age cut the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Reduces your stress level and your risk of postpartum depression – Many women report feeling relaxed while breastfeeding. That’s because nursing triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin released while nursing also helps your uterus contract after birth, resulting in less postpartum bleeding.

Reduces your risk of some types of cancer – For breast cancer; nursing for at least a year appears to have the most protective effect.

Added advantages

  • The uniqueness and precious nature of breast milk is enhanced by the fact that it is an asset given by nature and has no price.
  • Breastfeeding lower a baby’s risk of developing both acute lymphoblastic and acute myeloid leukemia.
    Breast milk feeding also reduces a child’s risk of developing insulin dependent diabetes.

Do not forget the benefits of breastfeeding, watching your happy,healthy child grow up, knowing you have given your baby the very best you could give. Enjoy!

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by Kathy     19-Feb-2012

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