Breastmilk is best for almost all infants. Not
only is breastmilk nutritionally superior, breastfeeding
also provides many other physical and emotional
advantages to the baby and mother. The following
are just some of the many benefits on breastfeeding.
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Breastmilk is "Species Specific" and Made
Specifically for Human Babies: Due to the anti-infective
properties of breastmilk, breastfed babies tend to have
less incidence of or less pronounced symptoms of ear
infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diarrhea,
and vomiting. Due to the digestibility of breastmilk,
breastfed babies are rarely constipated.
- Due to the anti-infective properties of breastmilk,
breastfed babies tend to have less incidence of or
less pronounced symptoms of ear infections, respiratory
illness, allergies, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- Due to the digestibility of breastmilk, breastfed
babies are rarely constipated.
- The stools of breastfed babies are mild-smelling.
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is less common
in breastfed babies.
- Breastmilk is constantly changing in its composition
to meet the changing needs of the baby. Nutritional
composition of breastmilk changes as the baby's nutritional
needs change - even within a single feeding.
- Breastfed babies are constantly exposed to a variety
of tastes through their mother's milk.
- Breastfed children are at less risk for chrohn's
disease and juvenile diabetes.
- Children who were breastfed are less likely to
need orthodontic work such as braces due to the unique
sucking action required with breastfeeding.
- IQ levels are an average of 8 points higher in
children who were breastfed.
- Adults who were breastfed have a lower risk for
high cholesterol and asthma.
- The bond between mother and child seems to be enhanced
- Nursing immediately following delivery causes the
uterus to contract lessening the risk of postpartum
- The uterus of a breastfeeding mother shrinks to
its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
- Calories are burned while breastfeeding. It takes
approximately 20 calories to produce an ounce of milk.
- Women who nurse their babies for at least 6 months
lessen their chances of pre-menopausal breast cancer.
- Osteoporosis and cervical cancer are less common
in women who breastfed.
- The return of fertility is delayed with breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding.
The cost of formula for 12 months is approximately
S$1000 - S$1200.
- Breastmilk is always available, clean, and the
- Many mothers feel a special satisfaction in knowing
that they alone are meeting the nutritional needs
of their babies.
Compiled from the
Contributed by Jenny Wee, a breastfeeding mother
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