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10 top reasons to breastfeed June 20, 2011


Well, here it is.

  1. Breastmilk provides perfect infant nutrition.”Human milk is uniquely superior for infant feeding and is species-specific; all substitute feeding options differ markedly from it. The breastfed infant is the reference or normative model against which all alternative feeding methods must be measured with regard to growth, health, development, and all other short and long-term benefits.”
    American Association of Pediatrics
  2. Breastfeeding reduces mother’s risk of breast cancer. Research shows that if mum breastfeeds for 2 years, her risk of breast cancer is reduced by 50%, but even breastfeeding for a few weeks reduces risk.  Prolonged breastfeeding also reduces risk of uterine and ovarian cancer in mum. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  3. Breastmilk is designed to boost babies immune system, preventing illness and diseases:
    Formula doesn’t give any of these benefits. Breast milk gives babies antibodies from the mother to help fight disease and so breastfed babies get sick less. Williams in Breast-Feeding Best Bet for Babies says “About 80% of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, cells that kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Breastfed babies are protected in varying degrees from a number of illnesses including, pneumonia, botulism, bronchitis, staphylococcal infections, influenza, ear infections, and German measles. Furthermore, mothers produce antibodies to what ever disease is present in their environment, making their milk custom-designed to fight diseases their babies are exposed to as well.”
  4. It’s convenient and easy once mum gets the hang of it…no making up bottles in the middle of the night, sterilising, or lugging formula and bottles around with you when you go out.
  5. Breastfeeding helps shrink the uterus after birth
  6. You burn calories by breastfeeding, helping you lose pregnancy weight (provided your diet is good)
  7. It’s FREE!  If you need to express milk you can usually pick up a good second hand pump for less than £10
  8. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) And postnatal depression in mum
  9. It is bonding, decreases behavioral problems in children & increases intelligence.
  10. Research shows that the following illnesses are less common later in life in those who had been breastfed compared to those who hadn’t:  asthma, eczema, diabetes, leukemia, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholestrol later in life.

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