Sunday, November 8, 2009

Breastfeeding - quick review

 article from i support breastfeeding

To change this modern world where we prefer convenience over what is truly beneficial for our children.

Why Breast Milk?

From the moment your baby is born, your body starts producing the perfect mix of nutrients in your breast milk for him. While formula contains essential vitamins and proteins that a baby needs, it doesn't have all the benefits of breast milk, such as antibodies that strengthen your baby's immune system.

It's good for your baby. Your first milk is colostrum, a thick, yellowish pre-milk that's high in the fats and proteins your newborn needs and easy for her to digest. It's also extremely rich in the substances that protect her against infections.

Research shows that breastfed babies are significantly less likely to suffer from ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, asthma, diabetes, and urinary-tract infections, as well as from food allergies and eczema if your family has a history of either.

Nursing may also boost babies' brainpower. Mother's milk also helps protect babies from becoming obese later in life, and girls who are breastfed are also less likely to develop breast cancer as adults.

It's good for you. Oxytocin, a hormone released during nursing, helps to return your uterus to its regular size more quickly and reduces postpartum bleeding.

Breastfeeding also burns about 500 calories a day, which can help you lose your baby weight faster.

And women who nurse are at lower risk of developing breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and possibly osteoporosis.

Not to mention that breastfeeding is convenient (no bottles to wash or formula to mix) and cheaper than formula (you need only a few nursing bras and a breast pump).

*image from i support breastfeeding (previous programme by USM)

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