10 Facts About Babies Who Breastfeed
Breastfed Babies Are…..#1 Healthy. Your milk provides antibodies to the environment around you, helping your baby to not get the icky crud that gets passed around on a daily basis. Statistically speaking, breastfed babies are healthier than those who do not breastfeed and have a more stable and strong immune system, lowering their chances of colds, viruses, illnesses, and more serious problems such as:
- Bacterial Meningitis
- Heart disease
- Childhood Lymphomas
- Crohn's disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Cardiopulmonary distress
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Hodgkin's disease
- necrotizing enterocolitis
- Respiratory infections
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
#2 At Lower Risk of SIDS. Dr. Sears discusses the science behind it HERE – but basically, a baby who exclusively breastfeeds has an almost 50% less chance of death due to SIDS.
#3 SMART. An 18-year study proved that those who are breastfed as infants (and toddlers) have both higher intelligence and greater academic achievement than those who are not.
#4 A Healthy Weight. Breastfeeding infants are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lifetime.
#5 Not Picky Eaters. Breastmilk is very rarely the same flavor. Babies are being exposed to all of the goodness that mothers eat, this leads them to usually enjoy a larger variety of foods than infants exposed only to formula.
#6 Emotionally Stable. According to Psychology Today “The bond babies develop with their moms due to breastfeeding leads to better emotional development and stability. The act of breastfeeding and the skin-to-skin contact involved releases the hormones serotonin and oxytocin in both the mom and baby, which encourages a strong emotional bond between them.”
#7 Less Likely to have Cancer. Breastfed babies have a 25% less chance of ever having breast cancer in their lifetime.
#8 Less Likely to Suffer from Ear Infections. Fewer colds and illnesses leads to fewer ear infections. Dr. Sears discusses more reasons behind the link between breastfeeding and lowered risk HERE.
#9 Able to See Better. Research shows that chances of preschool-aged ‘night blindness’ are greatly reduced with breastfeeding.
#10 Environmentally Friendly! Breastfeeding produces no waste for landfills; not to mention there is no animal cruelty that can possible take place during the production of breastmilk. I could go on and on and on and on....
Resources http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/21/breastfeeding-reduces-risk-of-sids.aspx http://www.notmilk.com/101.html www.kellymom.com http://www.llli.org/nb/nbbenefits.html http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/benefits-breastfeeding.aspx