Breastfeeding is now popular again after many years hiatus during the boomers era when formula was popular among the rich. These days all formula are designed to mimic breastmilk the best they can because numerous researches have been shown the enormous amount of breastfeeding benefits especially for infants' immune system, nervous system, and body's developmental process. This natural experience between a mother and an infant is understandably important to child development and the bonding experience between parent and child.
Here, let's look more about the benefits of breastfeeding with 16 reasons why “breast is best:”
Immune System – Developing a strong immune system is vital for the body to fight viral, bacterial and parasitic infections and reduce the risk factors of notable maladies like childhood cancer, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, ear infections, infant diarrhea, and common colds and flu. An infant’s immune system becomes stronger from human milk thanks to the antibodies shared between a healthy mother and her child through breastfeeding.
Endocrine System – Breastfed babies have a much lower risk of developing diabetes.
Respiratory System – Breastfed babies have fewer severe upper respiratory infections, less wheezing, fewer instances of pneumonia and influenza.
Heart & Circulatory Systems – Infants who are breastfed tend to have lower cholesterol and healthy heart rates.
Digestive System – Babies who are breastfed for at least six months have fewer instances of gastrointestinal infections and food allergies. It also reduces the risk of conditions like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease as adults.
Higher IQ – Cholesterol and other types of fat in human milk aid in the growth of nerve tissue.
Muscles & Joints – Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is less prevalent in babies who are breastfed.
Skin – There are fewer instances of allergic eczema in breastfed children.
Mouth – Interestingly enough, babies who are breastfed for more than one year have fewer orthodontic issues as they grow-up, and their facial muscles develop more fully thanks to the suckling action. Also, the varying tastes of breast milk promote acceptance of a variety of solid foods as they grow.
Eyes – Visual acuity is more highly refined in babies fed human milk.
Ears – Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections.
Throat – Children who are breastfed are less likely to require tonsillectomies.
Kidneys – With less salt and less protein, human milk is easier on baby’s kidneys.
Urinary Tract – Fewer urinary tract infections are observed in breastfed infants.
Bowels – Breastfeeding prevents constipation by promoting healthy microbiomes and providing oligosaccharides which are optimum fuel for intestinal cells.
Appendix – Children with acute appendicitis are more likely not to have been breastfed.
All of this sounds great for breastfed babies, right?
It is. Vegetables, lots of water, high quality protein and regular appropriate exercise are very important to make sure your baby gets the nutrients necessary and provided vital environment for overall healthy development. It is also important to note that processed foods with additives and preservatives, veggies treated with pesticides or herbicides especially GMOs (common in wheat, soy, corn, and contaminated peanut), and meats that come from animals injected with hormones and unnatural or cruel treatment, should always be avoided, but especially when preparing to conceive, during the pregnancy and most certainly while breastfeeding.
Excessive weight gain, obesity, and Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals [EDC’s], like those listed above, are problematic before, during, and after pregnancy. Keep in mind though that toxin exposure in mother can be transferred through infant via breastfeeding. Therefore, prior to conception is a golden period to detoxify and prepare your body for best possible outcome of your child. Being mindful of nutritional status and your diet are very important factors for better pregnancy outcome. Weight gain during pregnancy should also be monitored. Mothers who are heavy or obese have substantially less Bifidobacterium (healthy bacterias) in their breast milk, which is an important element in human milk that helps to strengthen and support baby’s immune system.
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