We all know that mothers are advised to breastfeed for as long as possible but a new study actually shows that breastfeeding could save both babies and their mothers.
According to a new study, if every women who becomes a mother breastfeeds her baby instead of feeding them with formula, a number of 800,000 children could be saved every year, while other thousands of breast cancer deaths could also be avoided.
The study showed that in high-income countries such as the U.S. only one in five babies is breastfed until 12 months old. In lower-income countries the number is a bit more encouraging as one in three babies is breastfed.
Breast milk represents a form a medicine for the infants. The milk doesn’t necessarily treat the baby but rather ensures his or her health, enhancing their immune system. If universal breast feeding occurred, children under the age of five could annually be saved in great numbers. Also, mothers could prevent developing breast cancer.
Sudden infant deaths could be reduced by one-third. Breastfeeding reduces stomach problems as well as the risk of respiratory infections. Other studies suggest it could even protect against diabetes and obesity.
On the other hand breastfeeding provides protection against breast cancer as well as against ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Therefore, replacing breast milk with other commercial substitutes could be one of the biggest mistakes made by new mothers, as they leave their child with no natural protection and immunity while they also put themselves at risk of developing different diseases.
On the other hand, there are many women who go back to work shortly after they become mothers, which makes it a lot more difficult for them to go on breastfeeding. Therefore, it is only natural that they switch to formula feeding.
Formula is not necessarily bad for your child. However, it doesn’t provide the same protective immunity breast milk can. Moreover, breastfeeding can also mean money saving, as commercial alternatives can be expensive and since you’ll be needing lots of them, you will also spend a lot of money.
Breastfeeding is after all a mother’s choice. It is indeed very helpful for both the baby and the mother, increasing their chances of being healthy for a longer time. However, working mothers cannot breastfeed so they have to replace breast milk with something else.
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