Benefits of Breast Feeding

Breast feeding has numerous benefits over the health of the babies such as lower possibilities to catch infections, lesser obesity, etc. Post the recent study done by the Oxford Researchers, we can now add one more health benefit in the list i. e. breast feeding helps in protecting from Breast Apo.

The Oxford researchers recently conducted a large study known as the Millennium Cohort Study in which they come to the conclusion that the feeding habits of 10,037 mothers and their babies, and found that the Children, who are breastfed for four months develops fewer behavior problems, which according mothers, could be because of the make-up of the breast milk. The results of the study have been published in journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. Children receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies from breast milk. Have fewer incidences of vomiting and diarrhea in the US (20-35 million episodes of diarrhea occur in children under the age of 5

Moreover, this study concluded that breastfeeding could result in better mother-baby interaction, which the researchers studies by asking mothers to assess respective problems in their children by the age of five such as anxiousness and clinginess, restlessness, and lying or stealing. Among all 6% children, who were breastfed showed signs of behavior problems, which is definitely lesser than the 16% children, who were formula-fed.

"Our results provide even more evidence for the benefits of breastfeeding", said Maria Quigley of Oxford University. As according to her, breast milk contains large quantities of fatty acid, growth factors and hormones, which serves big in the development of the brain and nervous system of the babies.

Breastfeeding Facts
Health Benefits to Babies Who Breastfeed
  1. ·         Children receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies
  2. ·         The varying composition of breast milk keeps pace with the infant's individual growth and       changing nutritional needs
  3. ·         Have fewer incidences of vomiting and diarrhea in the US (20-35 million episodes of diarrhea occur in children under the age of 5, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations and 400-500 deaths in the U.S.)
  4. ·         Protection against gastroenteritis, necrotizing entercolitis
  5. ·         Reduced risk of chronic constipation, colic, and other stomach upsets
  6. ·         Reduced risk of childhood diabetes
  7. ·         Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning),
  8. ·         Protection against allergies,   asthma, eczema, and severity of allergic disease
  9. ·         Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Statistics reveal that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breastfed.
  10. ·         Protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma, crohn's disease and ulcerative entercolits
  11. ·         Decreased risk of tooth decay (cavities)
  12. ·         Nursing promotes facial structure development, enhanced speech,  straighter teeth and enhances vision.
  13. ·         Breastfed infants develop higher IQ's, and have improved brain and nervous system development; IQ advantage of 10-12 points studied at ages 8, 12, and 18.  (Breastfeeding is considered the 4th trimester in brain growth and development...there are specific proteins in human milk that promote brain development))
  14. ·         Reduced risk of heart disease later in life
  15. ·         Increased bone density
  16. ·         Breastfeeding plays an important role in the emotional and spiritual  development of babies
  17. ·         Breastfed babies enjoy a special warm bonding and emotional relationship with their mothers   
  18. ·         Antibody response to vaccines are higher
  19. ·         Are hospitalized 10 times less than formula fed infants in the first year of life
  20. ·         The colostrum (first milk) coats the GI tract, preventing harmful bacteria and allergy -triggering protein molecules from crossing into baby's blood
  21. ·         Decreased risk for vitamin E and Iron deficiency anemia
  22. ·         Decreased risk for acute appendicitis, rheumatoid arthritis, inguinal hernia, pyloric stenosis
  23. ·         There are factors in human milk that destroy E coli, salmonella, shigella, streptococcus, pneumococcus....and many others.
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