What Happened. I know that times have changed, but that’s no excuse. There was a time when it was OK for a mother to breastfeed without feeling ashamed or guilty that she is doing something wrong
Breastfeeding is a natural function between a Mother and Child. There should be no shame or guilt in it. Has our society swung so far to the right that its taboo for a mother to breastfeed. COME ON PEOPLE REALLY. Don’t get me wrong If a woman chooses not to breastfeed she has that right. By the same token if a woman chooses to breastfeed that too is her right.
OK enough of my rant on Political Correctness. I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment below and let me know where you stand on this topic.
Here are 10 benefits of breastfeeding that are based on scientific research and studies
The power of Breast Milk
For a newborn Breast Milk is a super food. A mother milk provides all the essentials a baby need for its first six months. The make-up of the milk will even change depending on what the baby needs are.
A majority of health experts recommend breastfeeding at least for the first six months. Some health experts go a step further recommending breastfeeding continue for the first year as new foods are added to the baby’s diet. My opinion is that a year is too long.
For the first three or four days following the birth a mother will produce a thick yellowish looking fluid called Colostrum. Don’t Panic if yours looks different Colostrum can range from Thick yellowish to thin and watery this is normal. The fluid is full of nutrients, antibacterials and compounds that boost the immune system. These benefits are not found if formula.
Breast Milk and healthy weight
Breast Milk Is low in sugar high in protein high in immunoglobulins and antibacterials after all it was designed for a newborn. According to PubMed Central ” Meta-analyses of observational studies indicate that breast feeding reduces the odds’ ratio for obesity at school age by about 20%, relative to formula feeding”.
PubMed goes on to say that a Breastfed baby tends to regulate its own milk intake. They will drink only until their hunger has been satisfied. This action helps develop healthy eating habits in later life.
Breast Milk and Disease Prevention
As previously mentioned breast milk provides antibodies to help fight infection and immunoglobulins to boost the immune system. These are not the only benefits of breastfeeding. The statistics given below can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ .
Studies show that there are many benefits to breastfeeding. I won’t go into the long exhaustive list but here are a few that I think you might find interesting
- SIDS – Commonly known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Studies have shown that the risk of SIDS is reduced as much as 50% during the first month and up to 36% during the first year for babies that were fed only breast milk.
- Leukemia – The chance of contracting Childhood Leukemia is reduced by 15 – 20% for babies who were fed only breast milk.
- Childhood Diabetes – A baby being breastfed for the first three months of life reduces the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes by as much as 40% and reduces the risk of contracting type 1 diabetes by up to 30% if Breastfeeding continues for the first six months or longer.
- Middle Ear Infections – The chance of getting these infections may be reduced by as much as 50% if breastfeeding continues for three month or more.
Breastfeeding and your weight loss
Studies have shown that starting around three to six months after delivery that women who breastfeed will lose more weight than mothers who don’t breastfeed. You must still remember that exercise and diet are still the most important factors of weight loss.
Every women’s body is different and your results may vary. Breastfeeding may help you lose weight after three months.
Breastfeeding Can Reduce Risk Of Depression
Post Pardum Depression can effect up to 15% of mothers with a newborn . It usually starts a short time after delivery. It is well-known that a mother lactating goes through hormonal changes.
One of the biggest hormonal changes is the production of Oxytocin. This hormone seems to have a long term effect on anti anxiety. Oxytocin also affects parts of the brain to stimulates bonding, nurturing and relaxation.
Storing Breast Milk
First you will need a I recommend This inexpensive model the Bellababy Double Electric Breast Feeding Pumps from Amazon.
Next you will need to know how long you can store the milk.
Do’s and Don’ts
Do gently mix before feeding – Don’t Shake , Do Thaw frozen milk in fridge – Don’t re-freeze , Do Refrigerate after thawing – Don’t Microwave, Do Heat under warm water – Don’t Store in the Freezer Door
My Final Thoughts
While there is no end all be all guide for Motherhood. Studies have shown that Breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both Mother and Child. The benefits mentioned above are only a few of the many benefits of Breastfeeding. Every pregnant woman will face the same decision. Do I Breastfeed of do I use Formula. The choice is ultimately yours.
I hope that I have cleared up some of the fog surrounding Breastfeeding and the benefits. In addition I hope that I have given you enough information to make an informed decision
If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will respond to you as soon as possible. Until next time have a blessed day