Nursing A Baby
Breastfeeding Can Benefit Your Baby
When you are nursing a baby, breast milk is the most complete form
of nutrition for your baby. Breast milk has the perfect balance
of sugar, water, fat and protein for baby's growth. Most babies
can digest breast milk better than formula. Breastfed infants thrive
as they should and continue with their growth and development. Breastfed
infants tend to not gain unnecessary weight and tend to be leaner.
This results in less overweight later in their lives. Premature
infants progress much better with breastfeeding when compared to
other premature babies who are fed formula. Breastfeeding babies
have slightly higher IQ especially those who are premature.
Researchers have confirmed the importance of nursing a baby. Nursing
a baby has been found to provide optimal health for the mothers
as well as the babies. It has also been found that the absence of
breastfeeding effects short and long-term health outcomes. Many
preventable diseases and conditions can occur from not nursing a
baby; both for the mother and the baby.
Nursing a baby can bring a special bond between mother and child
that is experienced only through breastfeeding. Immunoglobulin has
been found in breast milk which comes during the first three to
five days of your baby's life. Immoglobulin protects the baby’s
ears, nose, and throat and gastrointestinal tract. Immoglobulin
works in the baby’s body even before the breast milk is digested.
The lining of the nose, mouth, and throat gets the immune globulin
and helps to fight infection.
Lactoferrin is an iron protein that is also found in breast milk.
This limits a bacterium that is found in iron from entering your
baby’s intestines. Lactoferrin is again found in colostrums
but also exist the entire first year. It acts as an antibiotic on
bacteria such as staphylococci and e coli.
Breast milk has a digestive ingredient that is specifically higher
than in formula. This ingredient has been found to inhabit the intestinal
tract. Milk protein found in most formulas is a foreign protein.
Babies that are fed formula develop antibodies to foreign protein.
The results in babies are sensitization to bacteria and infections.
There are also fatty acids in breast milk that are not in formula.
These fatty acids helps both the baby’s brain and retinas
to develop properly.
Ultimately, breast milk provides an abundance of minerals, proteins
and vitamins that aid in the healthy development in babies. As mentioned,
it also provides benefits for premature babies as well.
When a mother decides to nurse a baby, it is a personal decision
that is made by careful and thorough consideration. A mother can
provide breast milk either directly or by using a breast pump to
feed the baby through a bottle. There are times it is easier for
babies to feed from bottled breast milk. If the mother is working
or cannot be available all the time, anyone can feed the baby the
breast milk bottle. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages
for nursing a baby. For development of your baby's health, mentally,
emotionally and physically the choice is to breastfeed over feeding
your infant bottled formula.