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What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?

Dec 29,2021

Ⅰ. What are the benefits of breastfeeding for babies?


1. Provide adequate nutrition


(1) Breast milk contains the most natural nutrients. Among breast milk proteins, the ratio of milk protein to casein is most suitable for the needs of newborns and premature infants, ensuring the complete metabolism of amino acids and preventing excessive accumulation of phenylalanine and tyrosine.


(2) The composition of breast milk changes with the age of the baby to meet the needs of the baby. The benefits of breastfeeding cannot be replaced by other milk substitutes.


2. Protect the health of babies


(1) Protect babies from infection, diarrhea, otitis media, and allergic diseases.


Breastfeeding reduces the possibility of bacterial infections. It is shown in medicine that breastmilk can enhance the disease resistance of newborns. Colostrum and transitional milk are rich in secretory IgA. The benefit of breastfeeding is to enhance neonatal respiratory resistance.


Breast milk contains high lysosomes and many macrophages, which can be directly sterilized. Lactose helps the growth of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria and contains a lot of lactoferrin. It can effectively inhibit the growth and activity of Escherichia coli, protect the intestinal mucosa, protect the mucosa from bacterial invasion, and enhance the resistance of the gastrointestinal tract.


(2) Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).


The content of unsaturated fatty acids in breast milk is relatively high and easy to absorb. The ratio of calcium to phosphorus is appropriate. The sugar is mainly lactose, which is conducive to calcium absorption. The total osmotic pressure is not high and it is not easy to cause necrotizing enterocolitis.


(3) Prevent allergic diseases, such as asthma, allergic eczema, and other diseases.


(4) The benefit of medical breastfeeding is to prevent obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.


Studies have shown that newborns who eat breastmilk are much less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes in adulthood than those who do not eat breastmilk.


3. Promote the development


(1) Promote the development of brain cells and intelligence. In breast milk, cysteine and aminotaurine are both high in composition, which is conducive to the brain growth of newborns and promotes intellectual development.


(2) The exercise of sucking promotes the development of language ability.


4. It is beneficial to strengthen the relationship between mother and child so that the newborn can get more maternal love, and increase the sense of security. The advantage of breastfeeding following medical guidance is conducive to the establishment of good interpersonal relationships after adulthood, and it also lays the foundation for the development of infants' emotional intelligence.


Ⅱ. What are the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers?


1. Promote postpartum recovery


(1) Promote the recovery of the uterus and reduce postpartum hemorrhage.


(2) The benefit of breastfeeding is to reduce the mother's risk of breast and ovarian cancer.


(3) Help mothers recover their body shape as soon as possible and consume 500 calories a day.


2. It enhances the relationship between mother and child, which plays an important role in the life-long communication between mother and baby.


Ⅲ. What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the family?


1. Economy: save time, reduce expenditure and reduce waste.


2. Convenience: Available at any time, saving time and effort, and reducing pollution.


3. Worry-free: breastfeeding babies are healthier, allowing parents to cope with stressful work energetically.


Ⅳ. What are the benefits of breastfeeding for society?


1. Children raised by parents who follow medical guidance for breastfeeding have good physical fitness and are less likely to get sick, which is conducive to improving the physical fitness of the whole people.


2. Nursing mothers are kind to their babies, which is helpful for the development of children's intelligence and social skills.

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