I chose to discuss breastfeeding because I am a person whose mother did not want to breastfeed. I feel that I could have benefited from her doing so in regards to being healthier. As I have grown, I have been the recipient of many colds/viruses and infections. My husband, who was breastfed as a baby, never seems to get sick! It is important that women who are trying to conceive, or are pregnant, know the benefits to breastfeeding their child.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding:
- The joyful bonding with your baby
- The perfect nutrition only you can provide
- The cost savings
- The health benefits for both mother and baby
Research shows that China is behind other countries when it comes to the recommended exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the child's life. A survey of 15,000 women was done to see how long they were breastfeeding and most did not make it through the first four months. They usually turned to formulas and other supplements for the infant's nutrition. Only 52% percent of the women were able to follow through with the exclusive breastfeeding for six months. The Chinese government is worried because their children are growing at slower rates than other countries' children who are breastfed.
The information I have learned about breastfeeding can impact the infant teachers communication to parents about proper nutrition for their babies. The nutritional and health benefits that come from breastfeeding will be important for new parents to know so that they continue it for at least six months. Even frozen or chilled breast milk is better than formula, as the child gains antibodies and builds immunity from mother's milk.