This post is dedicated to my friend, Joey who will be a mom to a beautiful [tag]baby boy[/tag] this coming August; and also to all soon-to-be [tag]mothers[/tag].
In conjunction to [tag]World Breastfeeding Awareness Month[/tag], this post aims to spread the awareness of the benefits of [tag]breastfeeding[/tag].
“Human milk is the preferred feeding for all infants, including premature and sick newborns…It is recommended that breastfeeding continue for at least the first 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired“
- except from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Breastfeeding Guidelines
I personally feel that breastfeeding is the most beautiful thing that a mom can do for a child. Not only does it create the strong bond between mother and baby but it also help to provide optimum nutrition for the baby.
[tag]Breastmilk[/tag] is created by the human body to feed human babies. It is perfectly formulated for the nutritional need of human babies. According to World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, breastmilk is a living substance. Each woman’s milk is individually tailored for her own baby.
Mother’s milk changes constantly – both during a feed and day by day – to meet her baby’s evolving needs. When a mother is exposed to pathogens in the environment, she produces antibodies to combat them and these antibodies are then passed on to her baby via her [tag]breast[/tag]milk.
It is no wonder why many researches are campaigning the importance of breastfeeding. Breastmilk are so naturally good that it can provide many health benefits to baby:
- Less colic, gas and spitting up.
- Reduce or even eliminates [tag]food allergies[/tag]. Babies who are breastfed for less than six months have seven times the incidence of allergies as those who are breastfed longer than six months.
- Prevent [tag]eczema[/tag]. In one study conducted by Chandra R.K (“Influence of Maternal Diet During Lactation and the Use of Formula Feed and Development of Atopic Eczema in High Risk Infants“, Br Med J. 1989) , it was found that of infants fed soy based formulas, 63% developed eczema. Infacts fed cows milk based formulas, 70% developed eczema.
- Protect babies from bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, [tag]diabetes[/tag] and [tag]asthma[/tag].
- Lower instances of cardiopulmonary disturbances.
- Reduce [tag]diaper rashes[/tag].
- Breastfed babies have 5 to 10 times fewer stomach infections than formula fed babies.
- Babies who are breastfed are 10 times less likely to be admitted to the hospital during the first year.
- Breast fed babies have up to 50% fewer ear infections than bottle fed babies.
- Breastfed babies are one-third less likely to die of SIDS.
- Breast milk can enhance baby’s development of oral muscles and facial bones.
What makes breast milk uniquely rich in goodness is that breast milk contains at least 100 (some sources say up to 400) ingredients not found in formulat including at least 4 unique proteins. There are unique and powerful immune building properties in breast milk, and it can enhance brain development. There is growing evidence that breastfeeding can raise your child’s I.Q and there are numerous studies pointing to higher developmental test scores in breastfed children.
Obviously, formula just don’t measure up. Formula is an industrially manufactured food. It contains chemicals, flavoring, vitamins, and proteins that attempt to replicate breast milk. Despite many efforts, formula copanies simply CANNOT duplicate the amazing benefits of breast milk.
The multiple processings, ingredients and alterations required to convert cows milk or soy beans to the finished product opens up numerous opportunities for cotamination by harmful bacteria, chemicals and foreign bodies.
The following is a PARTIAL list of known contaminations of infant formulas:
- 1997 – UK : Milumil withdrawn from sale after being linked with salmonella infection.
- 1997 – USA: FDA recalled Nestle’s Carnation follow-up formula because of adulteration and production under unsanitary conditions. Linked with mild gastrointestinal illness. 11,317 cases of 6 32 oz. cans to a case recalled.
- 1996 – USA: Carnation Alsoy Concentrate liquid in 32 oz. cans withdrawn because instructions on the top of the can state: Do not add water. Mislabeling could have led to infants consuming undiluted, concentrated formula. The side label indicated the addition of water.
- 1996 – USA: Heinz apple and prune juice for infants in 4 oz. bottles recalled because they contained quantities of lead in excess of 80 ppb.
- 1994 – Sri Lanka: Customs officers sent back a large consignment of Nestle’s milk powder imported from Poland because it was contaminated with radioactive particles.
- 1993 – USA: Nutramigen formula recalled after it is found to contain broken glass.
- 1993 – USA: Soyalac formula withdrawn following discovery of salmonella contamination.
- 1992 – India: Live black insects and crawling worms found in a packet of Lactogen infant formula.
Source: WABA World Breastfeeding Week Action folder 1997 “Breastfeeding: Nature’s Way”
Formula fed children have a drastic increase in childhood cancers. “The risk of articially fed children was 1-8 times that of long-term breastfed children, and the risk for short term feeders was 1-9 times that of long term breast feeders.” David M.K Infant Feeding and Childhood Cancer. Lancet 1988.
Therefore, breask milk is always safe, fresh, perfectly clean, just the right temperature, instantly available and it is the most nutritious feeding system for the lowest cost.
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