Breastfeeding is Best!

Breastfeeding is Best!

I know many women can struggle with breastfeeding, and I agree that it is not always easy to do….however, I do believe that it is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and especially for your baby!

Not only is breastfeeding the best thing for children, it is beneficial to mom! For my first born son Carson I found breastfeeding very natural and the best time to bond with my little guy. This has proven to be the same once again with my second born son Dylan. This time however, I found difficulties with my milk coming in, and found I had a frequent nurser…….but that was JUST in the beginning. Once we found a rhythm and schedule we were good-to-go, and it has been much easier.
Experiencing this the second time around, I can see why a lot of mothers stop trying, or give up, because it can be quite trying at times…. Just realize what you are doing is for a greater good!!

There are many health benefits for both mom and baby.

Benefits of Breastfeeding- Health Benefits for Baby:

One of the main reasons, I believe that breastfeeding is best, is because it helps protect baby from a widespread of illnesses. Things like stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies and are less severe when they do happen. The babies that see the most protection are the ones that you have been exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months. (meaning no solid food, formula or water) Once solids are introduced it is still best for baby to continue breastfeeding to help protect from illness, as well as to continue to build a strong immune system, and help build a stronger body for later in life.

Breastfeeding is best also, as it can help prevent your baby/child from developing allergies. Unfortunately allergies are more and more common nowadays–and thankfully this is something that you can do to prevent allergies from happening!

Scientists think that immune factors such as secretory IgA (only available in breast milk) help prevent allergic reactions to food by providing a layer of protection to a baby’s intestinal tract. Without this protection, inflammation can develop and the wall of the intestine can become “leaky.” This allows undigested proteins to cross the gut where they can cause an allergic reaction and other health problems.

Babies who are fed formula rather than breast milk don’t get this layer of protection, so they’re more vulnerable to inflammation, allergies, and other eventual health issues

Breastfeeding may also help boost your child’s intelligence believe it or not!! Studies done have shown that babies that were breastfeed exclusively have higher intelligence scores in school, and have better vocabulary. The scores were higher the longer the children were breastfed!! Experts say that the emotional bonding that takes place during breastfeeding probably contributes to some of the brainpower benefits, but that the fatty acids in breast milk may play the biggest role.

Breastfeeding may also help prevent your child from becoming obese later in life! Breastfed babies are better at eating until their hunger is satisfied, leading to healthier eating patterns as they grow. Compared with breastfed babies, formula-fed infants gain weight more rapidly in the first weeks of life. This rapid weight gain can also be associated with later obesity. WHY IS THIS you might ask… Well, Breast milk contains less insulin than formula. (Insulin stimulates the creation of fat.) Also, Breastfed babies have more leptin in their system, a hormone that researchers believe plays a role in regulating appetite and fat.

Benefits of Breastfeeding- Health Benefits for mom:

First and Foremost, the bonding that happens while breastfeeding has to be the biggest and best benefit of breastfeeding by far.

Breastfeeding is very relaxing (once you have it figured out of course). It can also help lower stress levels and boost your mood, as Oxytocin (feel good hormone) is released during the process! This hormone helps your uterus contract after birth which results in less bleeding/faster healing. Smile

Numerous studies have found that the longer women breastfeed, the more they’re protected against breast and ovarian cancer. For breast cancer, nursing for at least a year appears to have the most protective effect.

It’s not entirely clear how breastfeeding helps, but it may have to do with the structural changes in breast tissue caused by breastfeeding and the fact that lactation suppresses the amount of estrogen your body produces. Researchers think the effect on ovarian cancer may be related to estrogen suppression as well.

Extra thoughts:

Did you know that breastfeeding cuts cancer risks by a third….One of our world’s more and more prevalent diseases…. to read more click here.

Tips for breastfeeding in public click here.

Photo source: http://www.parenting-with-love.com/breastfeeding-an-adopted-baby/
In this website mentioned they also go over how it is possible for adopted babies to be breastfed

To see the timeline of a breastfed baby click here.

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