It is well-known that babies who are breastfed develop into healthier people, both in childhood and into their later years. Studies have also proven that people who were breastfed as infants become more well-adjusted and confident.
This being said, researchers have recently come upon another beneficial result of breasfeeding. Apparently, breastfed babies are 35 percent less likely to develop diabetes into adulthood. This, as a result of less of a chance of being overweight or obese from ingesting breast milk while infants. As ironic as it sounds, while breast milk may contain a lot of fat it is also made up of highly beneficial nutritional elements which help deter obesity into later life.
Baby Formula Does Not Replace Breast Milk
Baby formula companies have changed the way many mothers feed their babies and as a result, unfortunately, babies are not being given the proper nutrients they need in order to mature in a healthy manner. Let’s face it, breastfeeding can be uncomfortable and even cause pain, so many mothers are going to find alternatives. Enter baby formula.
Huge Benefits of Breastfeeding
Many national institutes of health within the United States have done extensive research on the differences between baby formula and mother’s milk. Baby formula does not provide the proper nutrients to keep infectious diseases from attacking a baby’s immune system to the same extent that breast milk does.
Research has also shown that breastfeeding helps a mother’s uterus move back into normal shape and can help prevent ovarian and breast cancer. So, as we can see, not only is breastfeeding highly beneficial to a baby but it is also quite healthy for mothers as well.
The only downside is you will need to go on a shopping spree to find the best new baby changing bags on the market, if you consider that a downside of course.
The jury hasn’t ruled on a guilty verdict for baby formula being the culprit when it comes to health issues for people who are fed on it as babies. However, one does have to wonder why so many newborn babies are allergic to their own mother’s milk. Hopefully, we will see much more research on the effects of baby formula. Until then, mothers, breastfeed your babies if you want them to be as healthy as can be.