Breast Milk, we hear all the time, is best for babies for the first 2 years and beyond. Despite the struggles of scientists to come up with a milk that will be at par with breast milk, no one has succeeded up to now. That's because nothing can beat a mother's milk in terms of providing the best nutrients for her thriving baby. If you're a new mom, here are good reasons why you should breastfeed your little one.
Breast milk is filled with antibodies and white blood cells from the mother's body. Drinking it will boost the baby's immune defense. This is why, breastfed infants have lower rates of hospitalization and sickness.
Breastfed babies also have lower risks of respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal infections, ear infections, and meningitis. They are also less prone to sudden infant death syndrome. When they are breastfed and therefore well immunized, the body's antibodies react more strongly than those who are not breastfed.
Apart from these, babies who received breast milk have lower risks of developing diseases later in life. These babies grow up, suffering less from rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, colitis, and even cancer. Moreover, it's not just the body that benefits but also is the mind. Breastfed babies grow up to have higher I.Q.s than their formula-fed counterparts.
Breastfeeding isn't only advantageous to your baby but for you as well so it benefits both ways. For one, mothers who breastfeed their babies bleed less after childbirth. It lowers the risk of hip fracture after menopause and some forms of cancer such as ovarian and breast cancer.
Although breastfeeding can be a challenge for some moms at first, once you get the hang of it, it makes parenting a breeze. You don't have to get up in the middle of the night to make formula milk for your child. Just take out your breast and offer it to your sweet pea. And because breast milk is more easily digestible compared to formula, there is less poop for you to clean up and the odor isn't that bad as well.
It's important to remember though that with all these priceless benefits of breast milk, it doesn't come without the bad side. Breast milk is in fact prone to chemical contamination that can be obtained from the food that we eat and the air that we inhale. To protect your kid from this, be sure to take these important steps.
Avoid Pesticides. These chemicals can get into your milk through skin contact or inhalation. Be sure to stay away from all forms of pesticides and chemicals. Also, be cautious on what you eat. Consume healthy and choose organic foods that are less prone to chemical contamination. Eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. Limit fish consumption especially swordfish, king mackerel, tuna, sea bass, halibut, pike, walleye, marlin and tilefish, as these are susceptible to mercury infestation.
For all mothers, don't let this one tiny drawback stop you from breastfeeding your child. Not only do the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantage, but this disadvantage can also be avoided.