Breast Feeding

Breast feeding

Mothers today often have multiple jobs.  Yes they have an 8 to 5 job but they also take care of their children and the household.  With this type of a schedule it is very difficult if they have a new born baby. 

Many mothers opt out of breastfeeding their child for this reason.  Some mothers simply do not understand the importance of breastfeeding for the workingmumlong term health of their child.  Mothers who do not breastfeed their infants will frequently pay the price for it later with more visits to the doctor, more medications, and a child who suffers a wide range of illnesses due to a poorly functioning immune system.

If at all possible, it is important to breastfeed a child for their immunity.  They will be able to avoid a wide range of health issues in the future if you can made this important sacrifice.  So what are the benefits for your baby:

  • Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria
  • It lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.
  • Babies breast feed for 6 months have fewer
    • ear infections
    • respiratory illnesses
    • diarrhea/gastrointestinal infections
    • incidences of pneumonia
    • colds and viruses

And what about long term benefits for the baby:

  • lowered risk of developing
    • type I diabetes
    • celiac disease
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by about half
    • childhood cancers
    • Obesity
  • Stronger bones
  • Better antibody response to vaccines

Ok Mom.  What about you?  Are there benefits for you?

  • Breast feeding helps mother weight by burning a great amount of calories daily
  • Post-delivery healing
  • Reduction of the risk of certain cancers
  • Less time off work because your child does not get sick as often

Conclusion:  Think about it before you decide not to breastfeed.

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