Breastfeeding Benefits 2
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Research continues to show important health benefits for breast-fed babies. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of these benefits in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Even if you are able to do it for only a short time, your babyís immune system can benefit from breast milk. Here are some other benefits of breast milk for a baby:

∑ Motherís milk can offer many protective effects, including reducing the risk of infections in the gastrointestinal, urinary and respiratory tracts, lowering the rate of ear infections, and protecting against allergies, diabetes and even obesity later in life.

∑ Breastfeeding can help your child build better bones and ultimately develop a stronger skeletal frame.

∑ Motherís milk is packed with cholesterol, which is critical for proper growth and development in babies.

∑ Breastfeeding may offer your baby some protection from asthma or other respiratory ailments.

A recent study conducted by the journal Breastfeeding Review has found that the protective effects of breast milk may be permanent. The study indicated that even after the baby is weaned, the immune system remains stronger in infants who were breastfed.

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