Breast Feeding Information

Breastfeeding is preferable from a nutritional viewpoint. It also has health benfits beyond this, which follow a child throughout their lives.

Realistically, some moms just can't breastfeed. But for those who can and are wondering which way to go, here are some good reasons for getting a couple of nursing bras before the baby comes. In recent years, a number of startling studies have given breastfeeding moms everywhere a big high-five.

Here are the popular, well-known reasons to nurse--1. Nursing helps contract the uterus after birth. 2. Nursing lowers baby's risk of developing infections.

That was all I knew when I chose to breastfeed, and it was enough. But here are a few more facts--1. Breastfed babies tend to be leaner adults than bottle-fed babies. Formula places high levels of insulin in the blood. Insulin aids in the production of fat. 2. There are 400 nutrients, hormones, and disease-fighting compounds in human milk, all in perfect balance to meet baby's needs. 3. Immunities in breast milk have been shown to increase in concentration as baby grows. Breastfed babies have less asthma, diabetes, and a recent study shows they also have less incidences of childhood cancers such as leukemia. 4. In some studies, breastfed children have been shown to have higher IQ's.



For mothers, the benefits of breastfeeding exceed contracting the uterus. 1. Breastfeeding mothers are much less likely to develop pre and postmenapausal breast and ovarian cancers. 2. When a breastfeeding mother is a former breastfed baby, her incidences of these types of cancer is even lower. (Freudenheim J.et al.1994. "Exposure to breast milk in infancy and the risk of breast cancer," Epidemiology 5:324-33). 3. Breast-feeding lowers one's risk for osteoporosis.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of a baby's life, longer if possible.

There are also noted psychological benefits for the breastfed child. For more information on breastfeeding, there are many wonderfully informative sites on the web, as well as literature from your doctor that can help you in your decision.

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