The benefits of breastfeeding:

The world is continually advancing and most mothers are also career women. Although pediatricians advocate for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continuing even after weaning until the child reaches one year. Most women have found this to be a reality just on paper.

 

A report by the CDC found out that in America most women don’t follow the professional breastfeeding advice. However, it was revealed that in contrast to 2003, more American women were turning to breastfeeding their babies. Research has revealed that breastfeeding numbers are lower among women who earn less, illiterate women and women of African-American descent. This can be attributed to lack of support and motivation from society. Another study by the University of Florida found out that, educated women are usually very motivated and dedicated to breastfeeding their babies.

 

Advantages of breastfeeding:

 

  1. Breastfed babies turn into healthy children and even healthier adults. This is because the nutrition of breastfed babies is better than the one for bottle fed ones. Instances of lifestyle diseases such as obesity are very low among breastfed babies.

 

  1. Breastfed babies have better neurocognitive growth and faster brain advancement.

 

  1. Babies who have been exclusively breastfed up to six months had a lower child mortality rates.

 

  1. Breastfed babies are generally happier and playful compared to their bottle-fed counterparts.

 

  1. Breastfeeding promotes the baby’s immunity. Therefore, the child will have a lower risk of contracting infections and diseases.

 

  1. Breastfeeding protects the baby against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which is one of the leading causes of infant mortality.

 

  1. Breastfed babies develop a deeper bond with their mothers.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers should exclusively breastfeed for the initial six months. In addition to this, they must continue to do so even after solid foods are initiated up to minimally one year. Some mothers opt to go beyond this once they realize the numerous benefits of breastfeeding.

 

Nevertheless, some parents find it hard to breastfeed globally. This is because some laws bar women from breastfeeding in public. Career women find it hard to balance their jobs and breastfeeding. This is due to the pressure that breastfeeding brings at times. Regardless of this breastfeeding still has numerous advantages as compared to bottle-feeding.