The Benefits of Breastfeeding

"The Hidden Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Infant "

More than 800.000 babies can be saved each year through breastfeeding.

In some parts of the world, breastfeeding is considered a taboo or, at least, a practice mainly attributed to lower-income countries. But a new study shows that breastfeeding has a lot of benefits for the infant and even for the mother. Here are some of the  benefits of breastfeeding .

First of all, let’s take a closer look at the study and what it entails. The novel study has been performed by a team of health specialists from the Federal University of Pelotas. Cesar Victora, the lead author of this study, along with his team, has studied no less than 28 medical studies about breastfeeding.

According to the team’ assessment, approximately 20.000 cases of breast cancer can be prevented each year if women chose to breastfeed their young infants. Moreover, more than 800.000 lives can be saved through breastfeeding.

The study also managed to point out the disparities between low-income and high-income countries in term of breastfeeding. According to the statistics, in low-income countries, one in three mothers choose to breastfeed their infants for a period of six months. On the other hand, in high-income countries, one in five mothers breastfeed their children for 12 months.

This simple assessment is capable of refuting the traditional view on breastfeeding, according to which only women from poorer countries breastfeed their children.

Victora also pointed out that this action might also influence the economy. In the second part of the study, the scientist and his team pointed out that companies marketing breastmilk surrogates earn each year a revenue of 44 billion dollars. This fact also discourages young mothers to breastfeed their children.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the hidden benefits of breastfeeding your infant. According to the medical specialists, mothers should start breastfeeding their children within an hour after giving birth.

In terms of benefits, recent research discovered that mother’s milk is capable of decreasing the incidence of diarrhea and respiratory infections. Moreover, it would seem that breastfeeding your child can keep him safe from other severe diseases such as diabetes, asthma, food allergies, leukemia and celiac disease.

The benefits of breastfeeding even extend to the young mother. Breastfeeding, apart from decreasing the incidence of breast cancer, can also reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and even rheumatoid arthritis.

Also, you should keep in mind that your child does not have a developed immune system. Mother’s milk provide him with the antibodies necessary to fend off potentially deadly disease. Moreover, there could also be another benefit, but it is yet to be proven scientifically. According to several other studies, mother’s milk can allegedly decrease the probability of sudden in