Why breastfeeding can be so important
Breast feeding does not just ensure that the newborn baby gets the nutrients the body requires in order to grow but is packed with a host of diseases fighting substances whose job is to ensure that your child is protected from illness. No wonder that pediatrics recommend that a baby should be exclusively fed on breast milk for the first six months of their life. This post looks at the key benefits of breast feeding.
Protects the Baby from Illness
Studies show that children who are breastfed don’t suffer as much from meningitis, ear infection, respiratory illness and stomach viruses. Also, children who are exclusively breastfed for the firsts six months have a 20 % lower risk of dying at the age of between 28 days and 1 year because the first breast milk produced contain secretory immunoglobulin A, which protects the baby from germs by forming a mucous membrane in the babies nose, throat and intestine.
The secretory IgA is believed to prevent allergic reactions because it provides a layer of protection that guards the intestinal tract. This stops the undigested protein from crossing the gut and causing health related issues including allergic reactions.
Boosts The Child’s Intelligent
Researchers have found out that breastfeeding plays a role in cognitive development. Preterm infants who received breast milk had an improved cognitive ability.
Protects the Child from Obesity
Breast milk makes the child develop better eating habits. They only eat until their hunger is satisfied hence it reduces chances of the child becoming obese.
Reduces Risks of SIDS
Breastfeeding lowers sudden infant death syndrome risks. If a child is exclusively breastfed during the first month, it lowers SIDS by half.
Reduces Postpartum Depression
Breast feeding lowers stress levels in women and makes them feel relaxed. Consequently, it reduces postpartum depression.
Reduces Risks of Cancer
According to studies, women who breastfeed for longer periods, protects themselves from ovarian and breast cancer.