Many mothers have different reasons and situations which determine whether or not they want to breastfeed or formula feed. However, recent studies show that breastfeeding not only has great health benefits, but shows a positive relationship with brain development. It seems that children who are born healthy and were breastfed, have IQ scores that are seven to ten points higher than formula fed babies. These same children receive higher scores in school due to the nutrients that are found in breastmilk that promote and enhance brain growth.
Medical authorities, including the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend breastfeeding. The nutrients DHA (docashexaenoic) a brain boosting fat is a vital nutrient for growth, development, and the maintenance of brain tissue. According to Brown University, breastfed babies had increased language performance, visual reception, and motor control performance after performing a cognitive test and MRI study on infants and toddlers.
Keep in mind also, the scientific studies that show babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first three to six months will experience a great number of health benefits as well. Seven reasons to exclusively breastfeed are; 1) Children who are breastfed are less likely to develop ear, breathing, and stomach problems. 2) Breast milk provides babies with key antibodies which help protect them from infections and diseases, 3)The presence of fatty acids in breast milk help prevents young infants from developing food and respiratory allergies. 4) Breastfeeding reduces child and adult obesity 5) Moms risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer is significantly lowered 6)The risk of sids is lowered and 7). Breastfeeding allows mothers to drop the baby weight very quickly. Now that last one should motivate a great number of mothers alone.
Do keep in mind that breastfeeding is not meant for everyone, because there could be medical reasons keeping a mother from being able to do so. But mothers who are able to nurse their babies can look forward to the huge benefits that breastfeeding brings.
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