Monday, September 13, 2010

The argument for breastfeeding

Benefits of breastfeeding


There are many reasons why a mother chooses to breastfeed or not to breastfeed. It is very personal decision and one that should be made with careful consideration. However, there are many benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child from choosing to nourish your little one in this way, all of which are worth considering as you make this decision.

Benefits for the baby


Infants who are breastfed have been shown to experience improved health including a lowered occurrence and risk of certain diseases as well as a more resistant immune system, most likely due to antibodies the baby receives through breast milk. These benefits not only improve the baby’s health during infancy but are believed to improve lifelong health as well.

Some of those benefits include lowered risk or occurrence of the following:

-         Ear infections

-         Diarrhea

-         Bowel conditions

-         Urinary tract infections

-         Obesity

-         Diabetes

-         Asthma

-         Allergies

-         Irritability

Benefits for mother


Mothers also enjoy several benefits when they breastfeed their baby. Some of the benefits mothers cite for choosing to breastfeed include:

-         Less mess (no bottles or formula to mix)

-         Unique bonding experience with the baby

-         Easier weight loss

-         Lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer

-         More energy while breastfeeding



Talk to your doctor if you have questions


If you are unable to breastfeed your infant or choose not to for other reasons, this does not mean that you are making the wrong choice. Talk to your doctor about ways that you can supplement the infant’s immune system and other ways to assist your child’s development.

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