Breastfeeding Benefits 1
Monday, August 10, 2009

There are many benefits to breastfeeding a baby but babies arenít the only ones who benefit. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the benefits for breastfeeding mothers in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Breast milk and infant formula are different. Not only does human milk provide all the protein, sugar, fat and vitamins your baby needs to be healthy, it has special benefits that formulas cannot match. It helps protect your baby against certain diseases and infections. Because of the protective substances in human milk, breastfed children are less likely to have ear infections, allergies, diarrhea, pneumonia and meningitis.

Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Breast milk has many other advantages, including:

∑ It is easier for babies to digest.

∑ It does not need to be prepared, and

∑ It costs nothing to make and is always in supply.

Breastfeeding also provides physical contact, warmth and closeness, which help to create a special bond between a mother and her baby.

There are also many health benefits for the mother. Breastfeeding burns more calories, can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and pre-menopausal breast cancer, and builds bone strength to protect against bone fractures in older age.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.