Benefits of Breastfeeding

The following is a student blog post by Holley Freeman 

 

Value of Birthwork
Value of Birthwork

Benefits of Breastfeeding

By Elisabeth Williams

                Breastfeeding is the traditional means of providing nourishment to infants, but with the advent of formulas designed to mimic breast milk, is formula just as good? Does it really matter if an infant is breastfed? The research from countless studies confirms that breast truly is best. Breastfeeding is better for the baby, better for the mother, and better for the family budget.

Breastfeeding has significant benefits for the baby. Infants who are breastfed tend to be healthier. They have fewer ear infections and allergies. They experience less diarrhea and even more importantly they are less likely to die from SIDS (Saunders 2011). Breastfeeding also puts the baby skin to skin with his mother and can enhance infant bonding .

In addition to being beneficial for the infant, breastfeeding is good for the mother. Breastfeeding helps the mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight. It reduces the risk of ovarian and premenopausal breast cancers (Calamaro & Selekman 2000). It also reduces the risk of osteoporosis (State Legislatures 2005). Mothers who breastfeed often experience “feelings of a greater closeness to the child” (Calamaro & Selekman 2000).

The health and well-being of mother and child are the most important reasons to breastfeed, but there are practical benefits as well. There is no formula to buy and fewer doctor bills to pay. Breastfeeding is convenient. There is no formula preparation or bottles to wash. It’s always the right temperature and it is as natural as infant nutrition could possibly be.

Works Cited:

Calamaro, C. J., & Selekman, J. (2000). Infant Nutrition in the First Year of Life: Tradition or Science?.

Pediatric Nursing, 26(2), 211.

SAUNDERS, J. B. (2011). Got Milk?. State Legislatures, 37(9), 25.

THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING. (2005). State Legislatures,31(4), 9.

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