Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Postby Emma on 09 Sep 2012, 07:44

Breastfeeding, also called nursing, can be an easy and inexpensive way for a mother to feed her child. Looking at it, most mothers especially in western world don't like to breastfeed their babies. Maybe they doesn't understand the real mean of it. That is why I want everyone to contribute on this breastfeeding issue, but first what is breastfeeding?
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Joyce on 09 Sep 2012, 07:48

Hi Emma, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement on Breastfeeding, women who don’t have health problems should exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least the first six months of life. The AAP suggests that women try to breastfeed for the first 12 months of life because of the benefits to both the mother and baby.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Mado on 09 Sep 2012, 07:55

Extensive research, especially in recent years, documents diverse and compelling advantages to babies, mothers, families, and society from breastfeeding and the use of human milk for infant feeding. These include health, nutritional, immunologic, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Tony on 09 Sep 2012, 08:00

Breastfeeding offers many benefits to your baby. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect your infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections. It may also help your health. Certain types of cancer may occur less often in mothers who have breastfed their babies.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Joyce on 09 Sep 2012, 08:03

Hello Tony, women who don't have health problems should try to give their babies breast milk for at least the first six months of life. There are some cases when it's better not to breast feed. If you have HIV or active tuberculosis, you should not breast feed because you could give the infection to your baby. Certain medicines, illegal drugs, and alcohol can also pass through the breast milk and cause harm to your baby.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Emma on 09 Sep 2012, 08:08

Breastfeeding offers many benefits to the baby, as we commonly knows, and I'm sure most people still do not understand these benefits. So, what are the benefits that breastfeeding offers to babies?
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Nadia on 09 Sep 2012, 08:18

For sure Emma, the benefits are many. Human milk is uniquely superior for child's feeding and is species-specific, all substitute feeding options differ markedly from it. The breastfed child is the reference or normative model against which all alternative feeding methods must be measured with regard to growth, health, development, and all other short- and long-term outcomes.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Mado on 09 Sep 2012, 08:24

Nadia I gathered this from an article, which says epidemiologic research shows that human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide advantages with regard to general health, growth, and development, while significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases. Research in the United States, Canada, Europe, and other developed countries, among predominantly middle-class populations, provides strong evidence that human milk feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of diarrhea, lower respiratory infection, otitis media, bacteremia, bacterial meningitis, botulism, urinary tract infection, and necrotizing enterocolitis.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Tony on 09 Sep 2012, 08:30

Breast milk provides the right balance of nutrients to help an infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Breastfed children, and those who are fed expressed breast milk, have fewer deaths during the first year and experience fewer illnesses than babies fed formula. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect an infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections, such as diarrhea, middle ear infections, and certain lung infections.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Postby Nadia on 09 Sep 2012, 08:34

Yes Tony, some recent research also suggests that breast milk contains important fatty acids (building blocks) that help an infant's brain develop. Two specific fatty acids, known as DHA and AA, may help increase infants’ cognitive skills. Many types of infant formulas available in some countries like the United States are fortified with DHA and AA, and all formula available for preterm infants is fortified with these fatty acids.
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