Benefits of Breastfeeding
While researching about the benefits of breastfeeding I found many advantages to it. The longer a mother breastfeeds her baby, there is a higher chance that her baby will get the healthy benefits of breastfeeding. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for the mother, child, and society. The benefits for a breastfeeding baby are: early breast milk is called liquid gold, it is easier to digest, it fights diseases, and it changes as your baby grows. Doctors tell breastfeeding mothers to breast feed their baby until it is up to 2 years of age. The benefits for a breastfeeding mother are: life can be easier, it can save money, it can feel great, it can help mothers health, it helps mothers miss less work (if they work), and it is supposed to help prevent a mother from getting pregnant. Benefits for society are women who breastfeed avoid the financial burden of buying infant formula, and breast-fed babies are less likely to need excessive medical attention as they grow. My goal in this paper is to combine the benefits of breastfeeding from websites that I did my research on. Dowsen, Steven."Deciding When to Wean." Kidshealth.gov.
November 2011. Web. 21 April 2014.
In my research I found that there are many benefits of breastfeeding a baby. Early breast milk is called liquid gold also known as colostrums. It is the thick yellow breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth. Colostrums is very rich in nutrients and has antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrums at each feeding it amounts up to the right amount for your baby's stomach. A mothers breast milk continues to change as her baby grows. Colostrums changes into mature milk. A week after birth, this mature breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help a mother's baby continue to grow. It is thin type of milk because colostrums is a thicker type of milk, but it provides all of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs. Breast milk is easier to digest, for most babies, but it is a lot easier to digest than formula to any baby. The proteins in formula are made from different things, and this makes it harder on a baby's stomach to adjust to digesting them. Breast milk can help fight disease. The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness. This protection is unique. Any type of formula cannot match the chemical makeup of a mother's breast milk. In fact, formula-fed babies have a greater chance of getting ear infections and diarrhea. Babies who are fed formula also have higher risks of: lower respiratory infections, asthma, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
There are also many benefits for breastfeeding for a mother. Life can be easier, it can save money, it can feel great, it can help mothers health, it helps mothers miss less work (if they work), and it is supposed to prevent pregnancy Life can be easier when you breastfeed. Breastfeeding may...