Breastfeeding involves the feeding of the infant or a baby with milk from the breasts. Babies have a natural sucking reflex, and this enables the babies to suckle and swallow. Breast milk is considered to be the healthiest form of nutrition for the baby, unless the mother is taking medication or is suffering from tuberculosis, HIV or any other communicable disease.
Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother and child. The baby can be breast fed for six months to a year or more.
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The Breastfeeding benefits to mothers as well as the breastfeeding benefits to the baby have been well researched and documentede Breastfeeding is highly beneficial to the mother for many reasonsn Breastfeeding will delay the return of fertility, through lactational amenorrhea, although it is not a very effective birth control methodo Breastfeeding also releases beneficial hormones that can enhance the bond between the mother and the childl Support from the father and family members improves paternal and familial bondingn Breastfeeding releases oxytocin and prolactin that relax the mother and make her more confident about nurturing the childl It also helps in reducing bleedingn Fat that is accumulated during pregnancy to provide for the milk can be lost by extended breastfeedingn It is therefore an effective way to get back into shape quicklyl The other benefits of breast feeding include a lesser risk of breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, reduced risk of post-partum bleedingn It also reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritisi
There is also a long list of the benefits of the benefits of breast milkl Exclusively breastfed babies have fewer risks of many diseases and medical conditionsn It protects them from middle ear infections and lessens their chances of getting diarrhea, upper respiratory tract, and urinary tract infectionsn Breast fed babies are also less susceptible to allergic diseasese In addition, breast feeding for babies is often related to a higher intelligence quotientn Studies have found that breastfeeding has long-term benefits in the child’s cognitive developmentn Breastfeeding can be beneficial to babies by reducing their chances of becoming obese and having different growth rates and patternsn
Breast milk is made from the nutrients drawn from the mother’s blood stream and bodily storese Breast milk contains the right amount of sugar, fat, protein, and water that is needed for the babyb The milk is adapted to the growing needs of the baby and satisfies the specific needs for the baby’s overall developmentn This means that it changes along with the baby’s agegp