Jul 1, 2008

Breastfeeding is the Best

Breastfeeding is advocated for good reasons. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients as well as antibodies. Studies have shown that breast milk strengthens a baby's immunity and protects against gut and respiratory infections. Babies will be less prone to coughd, colds, diarrhea and ear infections.

Breastfeeding is not only beneficial to the environment, there are big benefits for babies and mothers too:
1. The mother’s antibodies will protect the baby from illness.
2. Breastfed babies are less likely to have allergies.
3. Breastfeeding reduces the rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in mothers.
4. Breastfeeding saves time.
5. Mothers who breastfeed lose weight more quickly after giving birth.


If human breast milk came stamped with an ingredients label, it might read something like this: 4 percent fat, vitamins A, C, E and K, lactose, essential minerals, growth hormones, proteins, enzymes and antibodies. In a healthy woman, it contains 100 percent of virtually everything a baby needs to survive, plus a solid hedge of extras to help ward off a lifetime of diseases like diabetes and cancer. Breast milk helps disarm salmonella and E. coli. Its unique recipe of fatty acids boosts brain growth and results in babies with higher I.Q.'s than their formula-slurping counterparts. Nursing babies suffer from fewer infections, hospitalizations and cases of sudden infant death syndrome. For the mother, too, breast-feeding and its delicate plumbing of hormones afford protection against breast and ovarian cancers and stress. Despite exhaustion, the in-laws and dirty laundry, every time we nurse our babies, the love hormone oxytocin courses out of our pituitaries like a warm bath. Human milk is like ice cream, Valium and Ecstasy all wrapped up in two pretty packages.

Source:
Reader's Digest. june2008. RDHealth.p134. Breast is Best
http://ecostreet.com/blog/eco-friendly-parenting/2007/08/01/
http://www.mindfully.org/Health/2005/Toxic-Breast-Milk9jan05.htm

4 comments:

esthertanudjaja said...

Totally agree with this posting. I breastfeed my son up to 2 years and he has been so healthy. Tapi emang untuk full ASI musti punya tekat yang kuat. Karena banyak orang sekeliling kita di jaman sekarang ini yang 'kurang mendukung' bisa bikin iman ngga kuat. Apalagi capenya kasih ASI karena musti sering bangun. But it is all worth it.

Daniel Witanto said...

Yes... it is all worthy, our baby become healthier and get many antibodies, and all they need for their growth & development, and also it is said that they become smarter..
Look here, Mrs. Esther is one life example, how great is her love to her son and the love of mothers in the world..

Andri Kusuma Harmaya said...

Tuhan Maha Pemurah..Susu terbaik ternyata dihasilkan secara cuma2 oleh tubuh ibu..Susu formula skr kan mahal seiring dg naiknya BBM..4 bulan pertama bayi bahkan cukup diberi ASI aja,tanpa makanan tambahan.
Salam. ^_^

Daniel Witanto said...

That's it, and we should hope that all of mommy around the world also care about this, especially busy working women, please give attention on this issue, because this is very important..