Well­ness Arti­cles

Breast Feed­ing is Best for Infants

A fea­ture arti­cle from drkoop​.com cov­ers the ben­e­fits of breast feed­ing babies. The arti­cle by Car­ole A. Stash­wick, M.D. cov­ers a vari­ety of rea­sons why breast feed­ing is far supe­rior to bot­tle feed­ing a baby when pos­si­ble. Some of the rea­sons accord­ing to the arti­cle are:

  • Breast milk from healthy moth­ers sup­plies all the nutri­ents needed for the growth of a healthy infant for at least the first six months of life.
  • Babies who receive breast milk have many fewer ill­nesses in the first year of life.
  • Breast-​fed babies have fewer ear infec­tions, fewer colds and viral ill­nesses, less diar­rhea, less pneu­mo­nia and other chest infec­tions — and the ill­nesses that they do get are less severe.
  • Accord­ing to one study, by 4 months of age, babies who never received breast milk are hos­pi­tal­ized 15 times more often than breast-​fed babies.
  • Breast-​fed chil­dren have long-​term pro­tec­tion against the later devel­op­ment of sig­nif­i­cant aller­gies, dia­betes mel­li­tus, inflam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease and cer­tain cancers.
  • Stud­ies also report that breast-​fed chil­dren also have increased intelligence.
  • Moth­ers who nurse also ben­e­fit by return­ing to their pre-​pregnancy weight sooner, they have a later return of men­stru­a­tion and prob­a­bly ovu­la­tion, and they may be pro­tected against breast can­cer and ovar­ian cancer.
  • Breast-​feeding is also eco­nom­i­cal and saves a fam­ily at least $500 in the first year, even if you include the extra cost of the food needed by the breast-​feeding mother

Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics rec­om­mends that, when­ever pos­si­ble, babies be breast-​fed for at least the first 12 months of life.

Ran­dom Article

In the Novem­ber 11th, 1998 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, (JAMA), David Eisen­berg, M.D. pub­lished his long awaited fol­low up study

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