Breastfed Babies Naturally Heal Faster and Are Brighter

I breastfed all my babies, which I am sure is the only reason they are so healthy, bright and beautiful! Seriously, though a new study has just come out which finds that breastfed babies naturally heal faster and are brighter. The health benefits of breastfeeding babies has been around for ages, although, more and more media encourages women to choose the freedom of bottle feeding. I understand that there are many situations in which a mother may not be able to breastfeed her baby, however, I am a firm believer that whenever possible breastfeeding your baby is the healthiest option for both the mother and child.

Breastfed Babies Naturally Heal Faster And Are Brighter

Breastfed Babies Naturally Heal Faster And Are Brighter

Breastfed babies are happy babies!

The results of a recent study suggest that babies that are breastfed become brighter children. What was quite amazing was that just 4 weeks worth of breast feeding of a new born had a significant impact on the child’s level of brain development later on in childhood. The benefits even go on to secondary education and further.

Researchers from Oxford University and the University of Essex Institute for Social and Economic Research realised that in tests of mathematics, reading and writing, the children who were breast fed did much better than their peers who were formula fed. The tests were carried out on children aged 5, 7, 11 and 14.

In the breast feeding charts, Britain has one of the lowest percentages and that is despite the MHS recommending that mothers should breast feed for the baby’s first 6 months rather than put them on formula. Of all one week old babies in Britain only 35% are fed exclusively on breast milk. By the time the child is 6 weeks old that percentage has fallen to 21% and at 4 months of age it is 7% and finally 3% at six months age. Article Here

 

Of course there are way more benefits than just intelligence that come from breastfeeding and here are a few more:

Breastfed Babies Naturally Heal Faster and Are Brighter- More Benefits

  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from a long list of illnesses
  • Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies
  • Breastfeeding may boost your child’s intelligence
  • Breastfeeding may protect your child from obesity
  • Breastfeeding may lower your baby’s risk of SIDS
  • Breastfeeding can reduce your stress level and your risk of postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of some types of cancer

Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

One large study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that children who are breastfed have a 20 percent lower risk of dying between the ages of 28 days and 1 year than children who weren’t breastfed, with longer breastfeeding associated with lower risk. Original Article Here

Wow, it seems like the benefits are endless for breastfeeding babies. Of course it only makes sense that breastfeeding is going to be exactly what the baby needs to thrive.  To be clear, the intent of uncovering more amazing benefits of breastfeeding  is not to make any mother feel guilty, however, it should be enough to make every mother think twice before bottle feeding. When we see that breastfed babies naturally heal faster and are brighter it all makes sense why God gave women breasts!

Did you breastfeed? I’d love to know if it was successful for you, or if it wasn’t why not?

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