Breastfeeding is highly encouraged because it has so many known health benefits due to breast milk. The longer mothers breastfeed, the greater that the baby will experience the benefits of breastfeeding, and the more likely they are to last. Breastfeeding benefits for baby include the following:
Breast milk has just the right nutrients, in just the right amounts to nourish your baby completely. It contains the fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that a baby needs for growth, digestion and brain development. Breast milk is also individualized. The composition of mother’s breast milk changes as the baby grows.
Breast milk is easier for babies to digest than is formula or cow’s milk. This is because breast milk does not remain in the stomach as long as formula does, breastfed babies spit up less. They has less gas and less constipation. Babies will have less diarrhea because breast milk appears to kill some diarrhea causing germs and helps a baby’s digestive system grow and function.
Protection Against Disease.
Research shows that breast milk may help keep the baby from getting sick. Breast milk provides antibodies that help your baby’s immune system fight off common childhood illnesses. Breastfed babies may have fewer colds, ear infections and urinary tract infections than do babies who aren’t breastfed. Breastfed babies may also have fewer problems with asthma, food allergies and skin conditions such as eczema. They may be less likely to experience a reduction in the number of red blood cells (anemia). Breastfeeding research suggests, might also help to protect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death and it may offer a slight reduction in the risk of childhood leukemia. Breast milk may even protect against disease long term. As adults, people who were breastfed may have a lowered risk of heart attack and stroke due to lower cholesterol levels and may be less likely to develop diabetes.
Protection Against Obesity.
Studies indicate that babies who are breastfed are less likely to become obese as adults.
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