Monday, 9 December 2013

Breast Feeding - Benefit to the baby

Most babies were born with a sucking reflex to suck and swallow milk. Breast feeding is one of older form of feeding to the baby directed from the mother breast long before the invention of formula and cow milk. Many studies have proven that the mother milk is one of most nutrients and beneficial to the mother as well as the baby, such as protecting the baby from cold and infection and the mother from certain diseases and cancer, etc. according to The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Benefit to the baby
1. Breastfeeding prevents obesity.
In a study of "Breast feeding and obesity: cross sectional study" by RĂ¼diger von Kries, professor of paediatrics,a Berthold Koletzko, professor of paediatrics,b Thorsten Sauerwald, senior house officer,b Erika von Mutius, reader in paediatrics,b Dietmar Barnert, statistician,a Veit Grunert, statistician,a and Hubertus von Voss, professor of paediatricsa, researcher found that in industrialised countries promoting prolonged breast feeding may help decrease the prevalence of obesity in childhood. Since obese children have a high risk of becoming obese adults, such preventive measures may eventually result in a reduction in the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and other diseases related to obesity.

2. Better teeth.
According to a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health study, Infants who are breast-fed tend to have straighter teeth.

3. Lowered risk of heart disease.According to (HealthScout) UPDATED 2009-12-21, researcherfound that women who breast-feed may be helping both their babies and their own heart-health.

4. Lowered risk of juvenile diabetes.
In a study in comparing the compared the data from 517 children in southeastern Sweden and 286 children in Lithuania who had been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes with children without diabetes. The children ranged in age from 0 to 15, researchers found that found that postponing new foods and cow’s milk seemed to be protective against the development of type 1 diabetes.

5. Reduced risk of asthma and allergy
In study involving participants followed from birth through their teens, whose lung function was tested at age 11 and again at age 16. researchers found that children born to mothers without asthma or those who were predisposed to develop allergies had improved lung function when they had been breastfed for four months or longer.

6. Etc.

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