Breastfeeding BY Chyna0825 Prior to the advent of infant formula, breastfeeding was the key source of nourishment for neonates and infants. Women had few other safe options but to nurse until their child no longer needed that source of nutrition. However, after the introduction of safe infant formula, there was a major culture change, allowing mothers a new freedom from breastfeeding and the opportunity to share the burden of caring for and feeding an (Stevens 2009reference to attached article).

Despite a recent revival in breastfeeding awareness and upport however, breastfeeding is not always chosen as the primary route of infant nutrition (Stevens 2009reference). While there may be multiple reasons for this, a general lack of knowledge regarding the benefits of breastfeeding is thought to be an important factor (AAP 2012reference). Today, many women struggle with the decision of breast feeding versus bottle- feeding when having a baby. As previously mentioned, this could be due to a lack of knowledge of the benefits that accompany breast feeding.

Along with the bonding that is established uring this time with the new mother and her child, studies have shown that not only children, but the mother benefits from it as wellbreastfeeding is not only beneficial to the child. Benefits have been shown for nursing mothers as well. instance studiess tudies have shown that mothers who breastfed their children had a lower risk of developing female cancers such as breast and ovarian. There was a 28% decrease in breast cancer for those who breastfed longer than twelve months. (AAP 2009). ??” reference an example of this research.

In addition to oncological … I would enefits, breastfeeding also seems to have a positive effect on some common medical issues. Research has shown women who breastfeed to have decreases in Also some mothers that were studied have shown to have a decrease in hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease Maybe give some specific information like the timing of breastfeeding or something. In addition to having health benefits for the mother, breastfeeding may also be beneficial to those who may not choose to use artificial birth control.

Also breastfeedingBreast feeding has a higher ncidence in of child spacing due to the absence or the delay of ovulation by amenorrhea. While not a true method of birth control, this may naturally help prevent pregnancies too close together. (AAP 2012) Also, tAs compared with those who done, women hose who breastfeed are known to quickly recover after childbirth due to the hormone oxytocin, released during breastfeeding. Oxytocin is needed to return the uterus back to its pear shape faster and reduces the amount of loss from blood during the postpartum period.

While benefits to the mother are extremely important, those to the infant are even ore so. Breast-feedingResearch has shown that the longer a mother breast-feeds the better outcome the child has versus not breastfeeding at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested amount of time is up to the first year of life, but many women choose to do it longer. Children who have been studied showed long-term effects such as better nNeurodevelopment. In one study, Cchildren who were looked at eight years later had higher test grades and also increased gray matter in the brain. AAP 2012) Preterm infants are those born before 37 weeks gestation. These infants are at an higher risk than full term babes in developing infections. Due to their immature host defenses. It has been proven that those preterm babies fed human milk had fewer readmissions to the hospital and fewer infections as well. Preterm infants have also shown better motor, mental and behavioral abilities between the ages of 18 months to 30 months than those who were bottlefed. (AAP 2012)Maybe some more benefits to the baby can be added. While formula can provide safe nutrition, breast milk has superior qualities.

The American Infant ormula Act that stated formula that is manufactured today must have the following nutrients in order to be sold:. Protein, Fat, Vitamins C, A, D, E. K, 81, 82, 86, 812, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, calcium, phosphorus , magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, cooper, iodine, sodium, potassium, and chloride. While important, , they don’t change with the growing infant whereas . Breastmilk breastmilk changes with the growth and development of the infant. (Stevens 2009)Reference) Another risk that our society has been seeing is the increased rate of atopy.

Which in eturn allows those not breastfeed to not develop a hypersensitivity. The infant is exposed to whatever you eat during breastfeeding. They have already been exposed to an antigen so it makes the body easier once exposed to it not to reject it. They receive protection and the maternal immunity from the mother up until two months once they start to wean from the breast milk. With these immunoglobins produced by the mother the child has also a decreased risk for developing infections such as gastrointestinal, respiratory and infections.

There was a 72% decrease in respiratory tract infections and otitis media hose who breast-feed for more than four months. (AAP 2012)reference) Those who are preterm babies have an extremely high risk in developing all of these illnesses than those who were bottle-feed. Last but not least along with long term health benefits there is also the cost of formula versus free human milk. In an AHRQ report it stated that if 90% of mothers breastfed for six months there would be a thirteen billion dollar savings per year. (AAP 2012) That is a substantial amount of money that could go toward education, retirement and even college funds.

Also the advancement in technology that provides those parents to go back to work by the use of breast pumps. You can store milk for up to one year under specific temperatures as well as not breastfeeding anymore and still having a reserve. Some mothers are unfortunate that they don’t or can not breast feed due to medications, illnesses or they Just don’t lactate, but the awareness of the benefits that can contribute to the health of those who can along with the outcomes should be readily available along with the cooperation of those in the health care field to teach and support them