100 Benefits of Breastfeeding Part 3

breastfeeding 5__1458691485_162.206.228.38If you’ve ever doubted the healing and preventative power of breastfeeding and breast milk, all you have to do is read the thousands of studies that show breastfed babies are healthiest.  Statistically, babies who are breastfed for at least six months avoid many diseases, conditions and illnesses and have stronger immune systems to fight off sickness when it occurs.  Here are 20 such benefits of breastfeeding for babies:

41 – Breastfed babies are overall healthier babies, children and adults.

42 – Breast milk is a natural pain reliever.  Giving medication to babies, especially newborns, is not recommended.  But breast milk is Mother Nature’s form of medicine for babies.

43 – Breastfed babies have a stronger gastrointestinal system.  They are less likely to get diarrheal infections or develop chronic digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease or colitis.

44 – Breastfeeding decreases risk of many childhood cancers including lymphomas and leukemia.

45 – Baby girls who are breastfed have a reduced risk of breast cancer when they get older.

46 – Breastfeeding reduces incidence of insulin resistance that causes juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes) and development of type 2 diabetes later in childhood or adulthood.

47 – Breastfed babies statistically have less allergies including food allergies, respiratory allergies and skin allergies.

48 – Breastfeeding promotes a healthy respiratory system.  Babies who are breastfed have less asthma and respiratory infections.

49 – Breastfeeding protects babies against bacterial meningitis.  Breast milk is a natural antibacterial that fights off the strain of bacteria that often causes inflammation of brain membranes known as meningitis.

50 – While the exact cause of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is unknown, breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS considerably.

51 – Breastfeeding keeps ears healthier.  Babies who are not breastfed are three to four times more likely to get ear infections.

52 – Breast milk promotes strong, healthy bones.  Bone density is stored from birth until the mid-thirties.  Giving your baby a good start by accumulating calcium early may prevent osteoporosis later in life.

53 – Studies show that breastfeeding reduces childhood and adulthood obesity, which has become a serious epidemic in the U.S.

54 – Breastfeeding protects the eyes because it is a wonderful source of Vitamin A.  Breastfed babies have less vision disorders.

55 – Breastfed babies are less likely to get haemophilus b. bacteria (Hib), a type of influenza of the respiratory system that can settle into the throat, ears and blood.

56 – Vaccines are more effective in breastfed babies.

57 – Breastfed babies are less likely to develop the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life.

58 – Breastfeeding is better for dental health because it contains natural bacteria that prevent tooth decay.

59 – Breastfeeding is healthy for teeth and jaw development because the act of sucking at the breast takes a lot of energy and strength.

60 – Breastfed babies tend to need less orthodontia as they age.