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Mom's Guide to Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Guide –Your Guide to Starting Breastfeeding
Reasons to Breast Feed
For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast
milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close
compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion,
and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot
copy.
The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of
asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that
scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.
In addition to making your baby healthier, breast feeding may also make him
smarter. Many studies have proved that breast fed babies tend to be smarter
than babies who were fed with formula or other methods. Breast feeding does
help with nutrients and the support of brain growth, which is something every
mother should think about.
The benefits for the nursing mom are just as good as they are for the baby. The
hormones that are released during breast feeding will curb blood loss post
delivery and help to shrink the uterus back to its normal size.
Long term, the breast feeding mom will have a lower risk for pre-menopausal
breast cancer, which is the kind that strikes before the age of 50. The benefits
will begin to show with three to six months of breast feeding and increase the
longer that breast feeding continues.
By now, you should realize that breast milk is one power packed liquid. It offers
more for your baby than formula, or any other scientific creation for that matter.
As you begin to plan for the future of your baby, make a commitment to breast
feeding him for as long as you possibly can - as it will do both your bodies the
world of good.
How Breast Milk Is Made
If you’ve ever been pregnant or if you are pregnant now, you’ve probably noticed
a metamorphosis in your bra cups. The physical changes (tender, swollen
breasts) may be one of the earliest clues that you have conceived. Many experts
believe that the color change in the areola may also be helpful when it comes to
breast feeding.
What’s going on?
Perhaps what’s even more remarkable than visible changes are the extensive
changes that are taking place inside of your breasts. The developing placenta
stimulates the release of estrogen and progesterone, which will in turn stimulate
the complex biological system that helps to make lactation possible.
©2007 Richard Lawson – Visit www.notjustbasics.com/breastfeed
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