Breast milk is the best milk for a baby.There is no alternative of breast feeding.It is not only important for baby's health but also important for mother's health.
But someone don't know the benefit of breast feeding.They try with other alternative.But no alternative is as helpful as mother's milk.Someone use condensed milk,someone try with cow's milk etc.They think these milk has more nutritional value than breast milk.But it's a wrong idea.
Here I try to describe some health benefits of breast feeding.
Strong Relationship between Mother and Baby:It is important in modern days.Kelly says,"Breastfeeding helps cultivate relationships with other moms ". Breastfeeding guarantees that you and your baby will be in close physical contact 8 to 18 times in every 24
hours. Kelly adds,"Women are supposed to be sitting together, nursing and taking care of babies."This helps a strong relationship between baby and mother in future.At the age of 60-70
parents need not to go in old home.
Protection from Diseases:An infant-nutrition expert Ruth A. Lawrence says,"The incidences of pneumonia, colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies". It also reduce the risk
of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.Also reduce the risk of childhood cancer.
Breast milk is easy to digest for baby.But other milk causes digestion problems.
By breast feeding a mother can safe from pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer,osteoporosis (weak bones),cardiovascular disease.
Child intelligence:In a study of more than 17,000 infants followed from birth to 6 1/2 years, researchers concluded from IQ scores and other intelligence tests that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding significantly improves cognitive development.Experts found that breast feeding contribute to some of the brainpower benefits as
well as emotional bonding,but that the fatty acids in breast milk may play the biggest role.
Reduce obesity risk:The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that breastfeeding is a way which help reduce child's risk of becoming overweight or obese. An analysis of 17 studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that breastfeeding reduces a child's risk of becoming overweight as a teen or adult.
It also reduce the risk of obesity of mother's health after pregnancy.
Saves Time and Money:It is available at anytime and anywhere,when your baby need.If you want any alternative way you need to buy condensed milk from market and prepare
it for feeding in home.Which is costly and expensive.Also kills your time.
Caution:Breastfeeding can be continued for two years maximum after a child's birth.