According to physicians across the globe, if 90% of the babies are breastfed by their mothers, then it can help avoid 14,000 heart attacks annually among women. There are indeed numerous benefits to be enjoyed by women who breastfeed their babies, of which some are lower incidences of obesity, asthma, ear infection, eczema, diabetes, with this list simply being endless. Furthermore, researchers have been uncovering more of the benefits that mothers can enjoy from their regular breastfeeding sessions.
Some facts on breastfeeding and excellent health effects
Women can be rest assured of not developing the following health issues if they breastfeed their child:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Obesity and overweight
- High blood sugar
- Ovarian cancer
- Breast cancer
- Bone fractures and Osteoporosis (bone thinning)
The fact is that there does not exist any single drug available in the market or planned for sale across the globe that can single handedly provide the mothers of all the above benefits and much more without any side effect or risks.
Optimal nursing duration
The question that is asked by majority of the breastfeeding mothers is the time taken for nursing to achieve such benefits. Medical experts are of the opinion that it is just after the birth that is regarded to be the most crucial time for breastfeeding. Even a single month of breastfeeding the baby is likely to help both the little one and the mother. But more better results and benefits can be enjoyed with more longer the baby is nursed. If the baby is breastfed for over a period of 12 months, then the mother can be stated to be at very low risk of having diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.
Avoid bottle feeding the baby
Since breast feeding the baby does offer the mother with innumerous blessed benefits, it is indeed wise to take this route and avoid bottle feeding the little one. Both the baby and the mother are sure to be satisfied, be healthy and come close and understand one another much better.
According to researches, new mothers intending to just breastfeeding and those getting formula at the hospital are likely to be breastfeed less likely during the initial two months of the babies’ birth and less likely to breastfeed at six months.
Moreover, those women are expected to breastfeed their baby, may not find this task to be easy. Similar to the daily exercise and diet, it does take a good amount of encouragement and commitment. The hospitals should be encouraging and more mother and baby friendly. They also should not supply free formula at any point of time and only promote breastfeeding vigorously among the new mothers. It is crucial for those women who face increased risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
It is important for every new mother to consider breastfeeding her baby so that the little one grows healthy, strong and a well built person free from diseases.