10 Things You Should Know About Breastfeeding
by Kelli Lartonoix
- Breast milk is full of disease fighting antibodies that are essential for protecting your baby from illness.
- Nursing your baby for the first 6 months will offer the most protection from stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis, or will cause them to be less severe if they do happen.
- Breast fed babies often develop less allergies than babies who are fed formula or cow’s milk.
- A substance called secretory immunoglobulin A is found largely in the milk first produced by the mother for nursing. This substance fights against invading germs and is made specifically for that babies needs.
- It has been scientifically proven that children who were breastfed showed significant improvement in their cognitive development.
- When nursing do not restrict the time or frequency you allow the baby to feed. This will help stimulate milk production, and the baby knows when they’re hungry.
- Breastfeeding may protect against obesity later in life. This is thought to be true because breastfed babies are better at eating until their full, breast milk contains less insulin than formula, and breastfed babies gain weight at a more steady rate rather than formula fed babies who gain it more rapidly.
- Breastfeeding can reduce the risk or SIDS.
- It has been shown that women who did not breastfeed show a higher risk for having postpartum depression. While nursing, the hormone oxytocin is released in the mother causing her to be in a state of relaxation.
- The longer a woman breastfeeds, she gains more protection against ovarian and breast cancer.