Experts found that the first milk contains immune factors that guard against germs by forming a protective lining on your baby's mucous membranes in the intestines, throat, and nose. For this reason it is important for mother to start nursing her child directly after birth.
Breastfeeding your baby helps protect your infant child from gastrointestinal trouble as well as respiratory problems and ear infections. Many research studies have been conducted around the world and have concluded fewer diarrheas, less ear infections, and fewer respiratory illnesses in children who have been breastfed. Women involved in the research studies breastfed their babies exclusively for at least the first six months. This means the baby consumed breast milk only, no solid food.
Many researchers have also discovered that breastfeeding exclusively for at least first-six months can reduce the chances of the child developing allergies. At least one research study has proven that this lasts up into the age of adolescence. Breastfed babies are also at less risk of developing asthma up to the average age of six.
In addition to the above research studies, other studies have been conducted and have found possible links between breastfeeding and the child's IQ. In these research studies, people who had been breastfed at least for the first six months of their lives scored higher on IQ tests. Experts have said that the emotional bonding associated with breastfeeding may be a key factor in this, but that fatty acids in breast milk just may play the larger role in a baby's brain development.
There are many other health benefits associated with breastfeeding your baby. Some of these benefits include: lower your baby's risk of SIDS, prevention of childhood leukemia, and prevention of obesity in your child later in life.
While breastfeeding is not always a viable option, when it can be done, it can be beneficial to both mother and baby. Not only is the bonding experience incredible, but the health benefits associated with breast feeding are numerous. Whenever the option is viable, a mother should consider breastfeeding her child, because it is best for both mother and child. Breast fed is best fed!