Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat — everything your baby needs to grow. And it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies. What’s more, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. The AAP says breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It’s been thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well, but more research is needed.
Are There Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother?
Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.
Since you don’t have to buy and measure formula, sterilize nipples, or warm bottles, it saves you time and money. It also gives you regular time to relax quietly with your newborn as you bond.
Why Do Some Women Choose Not to Breastfeed?
Some women don’t want to breastfeed in public.
Some prefer the flexibility of knowing that a father or any caregiver can bottle-feed the baby any time.
Babies tend to digest formula more slowly than breast milk, so bottle feedings may not be as frequent as breastfeeding sessions.
The time commitment, and being “on-call” for feedings every few hours of a newborn’s life, isn’t feasible for every woman. Some women fear that breastfeeding will ruin the appearance of their breasts. But most breast surgeons would argue that age, gravity, genetics, and lifestyle factors like smoking all change the shape of a woman’s breasts more than breastfeeding does.
Feeding synthetic milk increases the risk of:
- poorer vision
- a lower IQ, already mentioned
- more ear infections
- more eczema
- more asthma
- more pneumonia
- more appendicitis
- more hernias
- more diabetes (including juvenile diabetes)
- more childhood cancer
- less well-developed nerves
- a thymus smaller than normal during infancy
- a less effective immune system
- more trouble with cholesterol
- more emotional problems
- more intestinal disorders
- more allergies
- more risk of crooked teeth or under deformed jaws
- a higher risk of Sudden Death Syndrome
When a human baby is born, it is one of the most unfinished mammals on earth. In the womb it was fed constantly and irreverently. Synthetic feeding methods are not a continuum for the fast growing dependant human baby.
To save costs synthetic milk is frequently watered down when money is an issue. Inhibiting the correct amount of nutrients the baby needs. Watering down also restrains calorie intake also affecting the child’s growth.
Synthetic milk only requires, on average, a feed every three to four hours. In some cases cutting back drastically on how often the baby is held, if at all in some cases. Babies have been known to have a bottle propped up against something. Considering we are a high contact species, more than comparable to primates, who also have low fat content milk, meaning more frequent feeds, these babies will suffer psychologically from a desire to be held. Out of convenience they are more likely to be ignored and controlled.
Synthetic milk can be contaminated by polluted water or dirty bottles causing again unnecessary illness.
Synthetic milk isn’t convenient, in the true sense of the word. Isn’t FREE, it makes money for industry and health care services. Is an environmental issue too. Empty tins, used bottles and artificial nipples fill landfills all over the world. The kind of plastics used will stay in the ground from between 200 to 450 years.
There are 10 times the amount of silicon in synthetic milk than a mother breastfeeding with implants!
There is a greater risk, turning to synthetic milk than continuing to breast feed, whilst taking “most” medications. Breast milk is made from the mothers blood. The mother has to first ingest and metabolise the drug, before it gets anywhere near the milk production process. The amount of drug, reaching the milk therefore, is almost negligible, when you consider that the drug then has to pass through the babies digestive system before entering the babies plasma.
Synthetic feeding does not offer contraceptive advantages, ruling out the natural laws of child spacing and consequently the health of the mother. Exclusively breastfeeding for the recommended first six months, offers a 99% chance of NOT getting pregnant. A mother is more prone to increased postpartum haemorrhage and some maternal breast and ovarian cancers.
Synthetic milk is a feeding method. It can not offer comfort to a teething baby. Ease away the pain of a fall. Breastfeeding is a complete way of “mothering”. Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition, it’s a whole lot more.
Synthetic milk is a “product”, breastfeeding is a “process”.
Feeding synthetic milk does not stimulate feel good mothering hormones that help women cope better with less sleep and the rigours of early parenthood. Child abuse is more prevalent in bottle feeding households.
Synthetic feeding can lead to overfeeding, stretching the infants stomach, creating a problem with obesity in childhood and later on in life.
Adding all this up you’ll see that synthetic milk is not an optimal meal……..you’d complain in a restaurant if you thought your meal wasn’t up to scratch, now wouldn’t you, it’s a pity our babies can’t do the same.
Human milk “the best pre-packed convenience food there is”.