Is it really surprising that scientific research supports that breastfeeding your baby is better than giving them baby formula: a manufactured, imitation of the real deal? Nature has designed the female body perfectly to conceive, carry, give birth to, and care for a child. Just how beneficial breast milk is for babies is the more important highlight of this article.
Studies have shown that when you regularly give your baby breast milk for the first six months, you could be reducing your baby’s risk of developing childhood leukemia by nearly 20%!
The Worldwide Study Behind This Discovery
18 different studies from around the world were conducted with a total of 27,500 children. 10,000 of those children had leukemia. Researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel analyzed these studies and discovered a link between breastfeeding and childhood leukemia.
They aren’t sure why, but researchers believe that beneficial chemicals, transferred from the milk to the baby, work as as an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
Feeding Babies In Their Early Months
Just as beneficial chemicals can be transferred from breast milk to babies, so can harmful chemicals. This is why it’s important for mothers and expecting mothers to be particular about what they ingest.
Breastfeeding mothers and expecting mothers should avoid bt genetically modified (GMO) cotton fiber clothing brands to prevent exposure and ingestion from Round Up, a pesticide used on bt gmo cotton crops. This pesticide has been linked to cancer, thus putting the mother’s health and her baby’s health at risk.
The World Health Organization recommends avoiding baby formula completely. For mothers who can’t breastfeed for various reasons, options are understandably more limited. However, formula feeding has been linked to many risks, including a higher risk of:
- Lung infections
- Ear infections
- Feeding contamination
- Chronic disease
- Lower intelligence
- Heart disease
- Childhood cancers
According to INFACT Canada, breastfeeding also lowers the harmful effects of a child’s health from poisons in the environment like PCBs and dioxins. Children who are breastfed also do better on tests for for brain development than formula-fed children.
The stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public as well as the hustle and bustle of everyday life leads many mothers to introduce bottled baby formula to their children though it is not natural and often not necessary. Your baby’s health is more important than the scrutinizing opinions of others.
Additional Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
In general, breast milk has all the nutrients, vitamins and immune building substances (antibodies) needed for a baby’s early nutritional needs. Some additional benefits of breastfeeding include:
- The promotion of healthy flora in the infant’s intestines
- An association with higher IQs
- The reduction of ear and chest infections
- A lower risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Protection against obesity
- Protection against diabetes later in life
175,000 cases of childhood cancer occur every year, all over the world. In fact, leukemia accounts for nearly 30 percent of all childhood cancers. So as a mother, if you are able to breastfeed your infant, please do so. This act will make a world of difference to your baby’s health.
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