There are many studies that show breastfeeding has incredible benefits on both the mother and the baby.
For your child, it can offer a better immune system that is able to fight colds and various viruses, while it also protects him or her from developing the celiac disease, type I diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
For the mother, there are countless benefits as well. These include stronger bones (and a lower risk of developing osteoporoses after menopause kicks in), a lower risk of being overweight and a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
All these could make you wonder why there aren’t more women out there breastfeeding their children. Even if the number of mothers feeding their children with maternal milk has increased, there are still many parents who decide to use formula milk or give up breastfeeding too soon.
A team of researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel have recently discovered more advantages to breastfeeding than we originally were informed of.
Apparently, breast milk is so nutritious that it will even shield the baby from leukemia. The reason for this is probably the fact that the substances that are passed to the baby’s body have the ability to enhance the child’s immunity.
The experts based their findings on the analysis carried out on 18 different studies gathered from all over the world.
Therefore, they encouraged more mothers to not hesitate in breastfeeding their children and said that people should do more to facilitate breastfeeding in public as well.
“Because the primary goal of public health is prevention of morbidity, health care professionals should be taught the potential health benefits of breastfeeding and given tools to assist mothers with breastfeeding, whether themselves or with referrals to others who can help,” the authors said.
Thus, people should become aware of all the benefits breast milk has for the young children and how it could help them become strong and healthy adults in the future.
These findings were also supported by other researchers and experts, such as Dr. Colin Michie, working for the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health. He added that children who are breastfed are less likely to develop ear or chest infections and they are less inclined to become sick or obese.
The study, conducted by by Lital Keinan-Boker and Efrat Amitay, was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
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