More Health Benefits of Breastfeeding Revealed
First-time mother from Taylors Hill in Melbourne’s north-west said, ”I want to breastfeed for as long as I can”. While Mrs. Rosa, 30, said that she was abreast of the health benefits breastfeeding has in store for mother and infant. However, she said that the main reason she chose to breastfeed was to strengthen the relationship with her new daughter.
She said, ”I thought it’s a good way to bond with the baby. My mother did it too and I think there are benefits to it”.
It has been found that around 18% of Australian mothers are still breastfeeding their infants at six months of age, a figure that many health professionals desire to swell. The World Health Organization and the National Health and Medical Research Council suggest that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months.
According to the findings of an American study published yesterday, lives of 911 babies in the US could be saved each year if the percentage of mothers who breastfed their infants for the first six months of life grew from around
43%to 90%. It would also save $US13 billion ($A14.1 billion) a year in medical costs.
Lead Author of the paper, Melissa Bartick from Harvard Medical School, said that the health benefits related to breastfeeding had been ”vastly under-appreciated”.
The results, published online in the journal Pediatrics, imply that there are hundreds of deaths and many other costly sicknesses each year from health problems that breastfeeding might help prevent. These comprise stomach diseases, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, unexpected infant death syndrome and even childhood leukemia.
source : topnews
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