A classic dilemma for soon to be mothers: Formula milk or breast milk? Bottle feed or breast feed? Which would you choose?
The nutrition value of breast milk is a major reason why mothers opt to breastfeed their babies. A mother’s milk contains far more nutrients as compared to formula or cow’s milk. These nutrients are essential for an infant’s optimal growth and immune system.
The Nutritional Value of a Mother’s Milk
As soon as you give birth to a baby, your body begins to produce a substance packed with protein, carbohydrates, essential vitamins, nutrients, and anti-bodies. This substance known as colostrums, is responsible in protecting gastro-intestinal tract and reducing chances of infant diseases like jaundice and dehydration.
The following are a few indispensable reasons why you should breastfeed your baby:
1. Intelligent quotient
Experts say that breastfed babies have higher intelligence quotient. In a study done in New Zealand, it has been found that infant-formula fed babies have lower academic achievements.
2. Less Sugar
Formula milk-fed babies are faced with the risk of acquiring diabetes. Breastfed infants have lower risks of being inflicted with the disease.
3. Reduced risk of SIDS
The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is reduced due to the nutritional content of breast milk and for the simple fact that more attention is given to infants when they are breastfed.
4. Uterus size
Aside from losing fat, breastfeeding helps to retain your uterus to its pre-pregnancy size. This process also helps the placenta to contract; reducing the risk of post-partum hemorrhage.
5. Highly Endorsed
The World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics and other international and local health authorities strongly believe that human milk is the best food for newly-born babies.
6. Bonding Time
Breastfeeding broadens the chance for mother and baby to get in touch as often as possible. Once the baby is latched on to her breast, aside from the physical needs of the baby, the emotional and physiological needs are satisfied as well.
7. Easily Digested
Breast milk is easier to digest as compared to formula milk. Cow’s milk form bigger curds in the stomach which is more difficult to be assimilated into the infant’s body system. Half of the protein contained in cow’s milk just pass through the body and becomes waste product.
8. Lower risks of cancer
Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer and other types of cancer have limited risks for both mother and baby.