Friday, September 12, 2014

Breast Feeding Benefits

Over the past few years, there has become an increasing hype over the benefits of breast milk. While formula may be convenient to use, it does not offer the exact same nutrients as breast milk. Breast fed babies benefit from breast milk, even if only consumed for a brief period of time. And, breast feeding has many benefits for the mom, too.

Benefits of Breast Feeding
Because a mother's breast milk contains the adequate amount of protein, water, and sugar, it offers complete nutrition for a baby's development and growth. A baby's ability to breast feed comes naturally and is often easier for the baby than using a bottle.

Since breast milk contains the adequate nutrients, breast fed babies do not gain extra weight. Breast fed babies are more likely to remain thin throughout life than those who were formula fed.

Premature babies are proven to do better when breast fed than babies that are formula fed. Studies have shown premature breast fed babies score higher on IQ tests than premature formula fed babies.

Because breast feeding uses extra calories, women who breast feed often lose weight quicker than mothers that do not breast feed. Breast feeding also helps the uterus regain its normal size and lightens the bleeding after birth.

Studies have shown that breast feeding also lowers risks for ovarian and breast cancer. Breast feeding can also lower the risk of osteoporosis after menopause.

It's often quicker to breast feed because you do not have to worry about a bottle or messy formula. Plus, breast feeding can save you a lot of money because you do not need to purchase bottles, nipples, or formula, which is important when raising a large family.

By breast feeding, the mother and baby receive a very important bonding time. This bond will remain the child's entire life. It makes the baby feel safe and content while breast feeding. It also offers a chance for the mother and baby to quietly relax together.

Breast milk also contains antibodies that help protect a baby against bacteria and viruses. In general, breast fed babies do not get sick as often as babies that are formula feed. The infant mortality rate of babies that are breast fed is also lower than those formula fed.

Babies that are breast fed are also at a lower risk of developing health conditions later in life. Some of these conditions are obesity, asthma, and high cholesterol.

Making the choice to breast feed from the very start of your child's life can greatly change the outcome for the rest of their life.

Where do you stand on the breast feeding debate?

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