|Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your growing baby. It cannot be matched because it is a
living, biological fluid and changes to meet baby's needs. Breastmilk contains antibodies
which helps boost babys immunity against many common gastrointestinal, respiratory, and
ear infections. Exclusive breastfeeding can provide protection against allergies, asthma, and
eczema. Breastmilk contains DHA (docosohexaenoic acid) and AA (arachidonic acid) which
contributes to brain and retinal development. Human milk may protect your baby from
developing type 1 diabetes and leukemia, and even boost intelligence.
But there's more than just health benefits to breastfeeding. It promotes a strong emotional
bond with your child and you become a source of comfort. Many breastfeeding mothers say
they feel more in tune with their child and are able to pick up on babies signals quickly when
they are hungry, tired, wet, thus tending to their needs quicker.
Breastfeeding benefits mom as well. It causes contractions of the uterus that help protect the
mother from postpartum hemorrhage and helps with weight loss. Exclusively nursing delays
ovulation and the return of menstruation, making it a fairly effective method of birth control.
It is also believed that breastfeeding may reduce a mothers risk of having postpartum
depression, developing certain types of cancer and protect against osteoporosis later in life.
|Even with so many sites, professionals and organizations to help out, many
people still choose not to breastfeed. This may be due to a lack of education
on their part or their health care providers, physical reasons, or fear of the
"horror stories" they hear. While there are potential problems of
breastfeeding, they are not as common as most people believe. More is
usually heard of it being "time consuming" and developing cracked nipples,
engorgement, and "insufficient milk", not many people hear of the
uncomplicated experiences many women have for a year or more
breastfeeding their childern. Breastfeeding can be a simple, relaxing, and
joyful experience for both mother and baby.
|With all the benefits that breastfeeding gives, it's easy to see why breast is best!
|La Leche League USA promotes the
importance of breatfeeding & helps
women through mother-to-mother suport,
education, information and encouragement
|Kellymom.com provides many
articles & information on breastfeeding