Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby because breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a wide range of benefits for infants' health, growth and development.

Numerous studies have shown that stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies. This is because breast milk contains of natural immune cells such as antibody that protects the infants from germ and illnesses.

A healthy diet is important for breastfeeding women to help maintain a healthy milk production and composition, as well as keeps the mother healthy. Below are the recommended nutrients for breastfeeding mothers to ensure a healthy growth in infants and for her health as well.

Multivitamins
Multivitamin provides essential vitamins and minerals for mothers which can't be obtained from the daily diet. A healthy level of vitamins especially vitamin C and B helps to produce well-nourished breast milk and promote overall health and wellness for the mother as well as the bay.
  • Vitamin C plays a role in tissue growth and repair, and it is essential for proper development of a breastfeeding infant.
  • Vitamin B complex helps to maintain healthy nerve system of the babies. It is also important for the production of hormones, red blood cells and energy production for the cells.
Protein
Babies require plenty of protein to help encourage and sustain proper growth and development as protein is the basic building block of the body. Agood source of protein such as soy protein in your breastfeeding diet may be important for the production of milk.

Calcium
Breast milk is made up of approximately 40% of calcium. Calcium is needed for healthy bone and teeth development in young infants.

Omega 3- Fatty Acids
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids during breast feeding may facilitate the child's brain and eye development. It has been scientifically proven that the more omega-3 that you have inside the brain, the better the neurons can communicate.

Alfalfa
Alfalfa contains many important nutrients and vitamins such as vitamins K, A, B1, B6, C, E, calcium, zinc and iron. These substances are all important for healthy growth and development. Alfalfa has also been traditionally used growth and development. Alfalfa has also been traditionally used to increase milk supply in nursing mothers.



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Reference:
http://www.dhaomega3.org/Life-Stages/Lactation


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