There Are Many Important Reasons Why You Should Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is becoming more prevalent as the art of breastfeeding has gained in popularity. There are many important reasons why you should breastfeed. Breastfeeding is an art that is natural and beautiful to behold as a baby suckles at his/her mother’s breast to receive much needed nourishment and comfort.

There are breastfeeding benefits to both the baby and the mom.

Breast milk has many properties that make it beneficial to receive even if not through actual breastfeeding. Today there are many breast milk banks set up so that premature babies and other babies in need can receive breast milk. Man cannot duplicate the exact natural nutrients found in breast milk or the benefits that these nutrients provide the babies who are breastfed or who receive breast milk.

Those babies who are breastfed in the first 3 to 4 days of life receive the benefits of colostrum, which is the “first milk”, that the nursing mom provides her baby. This perfect first food is only found in breastfeeding moms and is stimulated to flow by the pregnancy and the changes in the body as the preparation is made for delivery of the baby. Colostrum gives the baby a immunity against bacteria and viruses that is not achievable in man-made formulas. Colostrum is also a natural laxative that helps to clear the baby’s intestine and reduces jaundice. Breast milk contains a unique combination of proteins, vitamins and enzymes, minerals, fats and sugars that are all in symphony to promote body growth and brain growth for the developing infant. Breast milk is always perfectly ready to be given to the baby because it is always fresh, is always clean, and is always at just the right temperature for the baby to drink. Breast milk is always instantly available to the hungry baby and is the most efficient method of drawing out ample supply of breast milk in a manner that strengthens the baby’s facial muscles and bones so it is a perfect feeding system and exercising system all-in-one, something no bottle can duplicate. Breast milk is more cost-efficient than the formula and is more nutritious.

Benefits to Baby:

The benefits of breastfeeding to the baby include the fact that breastfeeding is a natural way for babies to be fed. Breastfeeding encourages the baby to develop properly. Research reveals that preterm babies who have been breastfed, especially for the first six months of life, have fewer illnesses, and a higher IQ than those who have been fed formula.

When babies are breastfed they are emotionally more secure because of the closeness that is possible by being so close to the mother’s body and the skin-to-skin contact that is provided while nursing.

An excellent dental benefit is the sucking action required to retrieve milk from the breast strengthens oral muscles and the bones of the face.

Babies who have been breast-fed are less likely to develop childhood illnesses including diabetes, lymphoma and respiratory infections.

It is also proven that the length of time that the baby is breastfed is also important. Babies who are breastfed for less than six months or not at all have seven times the incidence of allergies as those babies who have been breastfed for six months and longer. If babies are breastfed for longer than a year they have an increased protection against diabetes by 50% and those who have been exclusively breastfed for at least six months have been shown to have a reduced risk for developing cancer before the age of fifteen. Breastfed babies are also less likely to die from SIDS and four times less likely to develop serious infections such as meningitis.

Breastfeeding also reduces the occurrence of Vitamin A deficiency.

Breastfed babies also have less medical hospitalizations within the first year of life because of the natural protective properties of the breast milk.

Benefits to mom:

While producing breast milk, the mom burns calories, which helps her to return to her previous pre-pregnancy weight faster than if she had chosen to bottle-feed.

Prolactin, which is a milk-producing hormone, is also called the, “mothering hormone” because it relaxes the nursing mom and calms her, which is beneficial if she is stressed from the demands of a new baby.

Breastfeeding moms reduce their risk for pre-menopausal breast cancer, for cervical cancer and for osteoporosis.

A breastfeeding mom can also expect to put out less energy in order to feed her baby (no bottles to wash or formula to prepare) so she can rest more to recover from labor and delivery.

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