Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Nothing Like Nursing Your Baby

Human milk is constantly changing in composition from feeding to feeding. As the baby gets older, the composition of human milk changes as well. Human milk contains more than 200 known components, and some that have yet to be discovered! Human milk is a living substance, full of some amazing properties. The benefits of human milk for both baby and mama are well known.

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What Are The “Ingredients” in Human Milk?

Human milk has many benefits.
It's easier for your baby to digest.
It doesn't need to be prepared.
It's always available.
It has all the nutrients, calories, and fluids your baby needs to be healthy.
It has growth factors that ensure the best development of your baby's organs.
It has many substances that formulas don't have that protect your baby from many diseases and infections. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to have: Ear infections, Diarrhea, Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis, and other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis

Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers.

Breastfeeding is good for your health because it helps:

Release hormones in your body that promote mothering behavior.

Return your uterus to the size it was before pregnancy more quickly.

Burn more calories, which may help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy.

Delay the return of your menstrual period to help keep iron in your body.

Provide contraception, if these 3 conditions are met: You are exclusively breastfeeding and not giving your baby any other supplements. It is within the first 6 months after birth, Your period has not returned.  
[Eating a plant-based diet, I found that as long as I nursed without supplementing my baby’s diet, my periods did not return and I did not get pregnant. Our seven children are spaced by breast feeding only and are approximately two years apart. ~Esther Seppi]

Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Keep bones strong, which helps protect against bone fractures in older age.

Read More: - Why Breastfeed

1 comment:

Lanita said...

Regina is looking really good. She makes a wonderful mother. Little Mercy is so precious.

I was just having this discussion with my daughters the other day. Thank you for putting this information out there, it is so very important for all mothers and fathers to know.