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Why Breastfeeding ?

Posted In Breastfeeding - By KidsMug On Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 With 0 Comments

In Today’s society, breastfeeding is often thought as unnecessary. Most of young mothers believe that milk powder act very well as a replacement for breast milk. They are definitely wrong! Nothing can replace the breastmilk. No matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to the dehydrated milk; breastmilk stays the best because its composition varies constantly with the age of the baby in order to adapt to his varying needs and to protect him against infections.

So why are we insisting on breastfeeding?
Breastmilk gives your baby the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies. Milk supplied directly from the breast is free of bacteria, whereas, milk powder which is must often mixed with water and placed in bottles, can become contaminated easily. Antibodies in breastmilk protect infants from infections.

In Addition, breastmilk strengthens the immune system of young babies. A child’s immune response does not reach its full strength until the age of five or so, this is why we recommend breastfeeding to ” two years or beyond”. Studies have proved that most of the infants who suffer from infections of the ear, respiratory tract and urinary tract, receive dehydrated milk. Also, breastfeeding is useful for both baby and mother. It turned out that breastfeeding significantly reduces risk of obesity and other disturbances in metabolism which in general lead to diabetes and heart disease. Breastmilk is easily digested, low in sugar and fat, and it helps in normalizing the level of glucose and fats in the blood during the first few weeks after birth.

Not to mention that breastfeeding reduces the chances of allergies such as eczema and asthma. Plus your baby is less likely to develop diarrhea or constipation. Additionally, it helps mothers get back in shape. Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day. Hormones secreted during breastfeeding causes the contraction of the uterus so that it goes back to its normal size.

Besides that, breast milk is easily digested by babies, sterile, and always at the right temperature. Also it has psychological benefits; as it creates the intimacy between the mother and her baby which lead to calmer and healthier babies.

In Conclusion, even if breastfeeding is tiring, breast milk remains the only natural, complete and complex nutrition for your baby, so I highly recommend to stop using milk powder and start considering breastfeeding for your child, because it’s the only way to protect him against diseases and give him a full healthy life.

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