MUST READ!!! BREAST FEEDING FOR FIRST SIX MONTHS IS MANDATORY

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Health

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MUST READ!!! BREAST FEEDING FOR FIRST SIX MONTHS IS MANDATORY

BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING:

Benefits for INFANTS:
Greater immune health
Fewer infections
Reduced sudden infant death syndrome
Less diabetes
Less childhood obesity
Less tendency to develop allergic diseases (atopy)
Less necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants

Benefits for MOTHERS:
Bonding
Hormones released during breastfeeding help to strengthen the maternal bond.

Hormone release
Breastfeeding releases oxytocin and prolactin, hormones that relax the mother and make her feel more nurturing toward her baby.

Weight loss
As the fat accumulated during pregnancy is used to produce milk, extended breastfeeding—at least 6 months—can help mothers lose weight.

Postpartum changes
After birth, the fat stores created during pregnancy are primed to be metabolized through lactation.

Long-term health effects
For breastfeeding women, long-term health benefits include:
Less risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer.
A 2009 study indicated that lactation for at least 24 months is…

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