By OMOREGIE OSARO DENNIS
BREAST feeding is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extends well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby need in the first six months of life.
Breast milk is packed with disease – fighting substance that protect your baby from illness. That is one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months (although any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial). And scientist studies show that beast feeding is good for your health too.
Numerous studies from around the world have shown that stomarch visuses, lower respiration illness, ear infection and meningitis occur less often in breastfeed babies and are less severe when they do happen. Exclusive breast feeding without solid food, formula or water for at least six months seems to offer the most protection.
One large study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that children who are breastfeed have 20 percent lower risk of dying between 28 days and 1 year than children who weren’t breastfeed, with longer breastfeeding associated with lower risk.
The main immune factor at work here is a substance called Secretory Immunogiobulin A(IgA) that present in large amount in colostrums, the first milk your body producers for your baby (Secretory IgA is present in lower concentration in mature breast milk). The substance guards against invaling germs by forming a protective layer on the mucous membranes in your baby’s intestine, nose and throat.
Your breast milk is specially tailored to your baby, your body responds to pathogen (virus and bacteria) that in your body and makes Secretory IgA that is specific to those pathogen, creating protection for your baby based on whatever you exposed to.
Breastfeeding may also help children avoid a host of diseases that strike later in life such as type 1 and 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and inflammatory bowel diseases. In fact, preemies given breast milk as babies are less likely to have high blood pressure by the time they are teenagers.
Babies who are fed a formula based on cow’s milk or soy tend to have more allergic reactions than breastfed babies.
Some other reason why breastfeeding is very important is that, it is always at the right temperature, clean and free. No bottles to clean and breastfeeding has no waste.
Moreso, it supply all the necessary nutrients in the proportions. It protects against allergies, sickness and obesity, also protect against diseases like diabetes and cancer. breast feeding against infection like ear infection.
Breast milk is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomarch. Baby have healthier weight as they grow. Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies needs.
Breast milk can reduce your stress level and your risk of postpartum depression, it boost your child intelligence and protect your baby from long lists of illness.
The most amazing aspect of breast milk is that it is actually live. It is not a consistence body fluid such as blood, it is a secretion of the mammary gland and it is constantly changing it composition, dependent of course, on the interaction with the body.
Scientists think immune factors such as Secretory IgA (only available in breast milk) help prevent allergic reactions to food by providing a layer of protection to a baby’s intestinal trait. Without this protection, inflammation can develop and the wall of the intestine can become “leaky”. This allow undigested proteins to cross the gut where they can course an allergic reactions and other health problems.
Babies who are fed formula, rather than breast milk don’t get this layer of protection, so they are more vunerable to inflammation, allergies, and other eventual health issues.
It is very important to provide your babies with all the milk needed, there are at times when babies don’t get enough. And when this situation is not addressed, such baby can suffer from dehydration and failure to thrive, both of which are uncommon but serious.
Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies need. Breast milk is always ready and good for the environment. Breast milk is widely acknowledge as the complete form of nutrition for infants because they are fragile and susceptible to disease, partly because their bodies studies have demonstrated a number of important health benefits to breastfeeding.
It has been generally accepted that breast milk is the best food for infants. There is really no substitute from any other commercial milk products that can compare with the many health benefits breast milk can give.
It is very important for all new born babies to have at least comsumed natural milk even from short period of time from their mother as much as possible.
The importance of breast milk can not be over emphasized, as it contains natural vitamins and minerals such as carbohydrates, facts, protein and essential nutrients. These nutrients are combined in the right proportions to suits the infants need. Human milk is also easy to digest and absorbed by the body.
Infants mothers milk gives them the right immunisation system that contain anti-bodies which fight against harmful viruses and bacteria. It helps the body to developes resistance against respiratory infections, oral thrush, diarrhea and other common infants illness.
Break milk helps the infants grows normally because of a certain growth factor that are known properties of milk. Natural milk improves and fasten the maturation of the baby’s organ system which include respiratory gastrointestinal and hormonal system. This properties helps the infants to adopt conveniently into it environment.
The oral mechanics of breast feeding helps developes and strengthen the infants teeth –palate jaws and facial muscles. These development will prevent any malocclusion and highly contributes to better speech as the baby grows.
According to Mrs. Tracy Osaro, a mother said she believes that breastfeeding a baby has a huge advantage as it makes the baby to feel more relaxed an sleep fine, most especially immediately after breastfeeding the baby.
Mrs. Amoye Juliet said experience had thought her that breast feeding makes a baby to look healthy when compared to a baby who feed on formula milk. She added that some of the formula are not up to standard, that the best food for infant is the natural breast milk from a mother to a child.