Breastfeeding is so important I want to emphasize even more the benefits that a breastfed baby gets. I am an auxiliary technician in breastfeeding and my job is to help, inform, and support all mothers who are breastfeeding or who wish to do so.
The benefits of a breastfeeding baby are countless, here I will name some of the most important:
Reduces the risk of acute diseases during childhood
Some of them are:
- Necrotizing enterocolitis: It is a serious intestinal disease in newborns. It occurs when the tissue of the colon (the large intestine) becomes inflamed.
That inflammation damages and sometimes kills the colon tissue.
- Infections of the central nervous system: these include meningitis and herpetic encephalitis.
- Otic Infections: Acute otitis media is the middle ear infection caused by bacteria or viruses that enter the airspace of the middle ear from the throat and nose, through the Eustachian tube.
- Respiratory infections: Infections of the lower respiratory tract, caused by viruses or bacteria, are the main cause of illness and mortality in children. Among the bacterial respiratory infections are a whooping cough, tonsillitis, bronchopneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and sinusitis.
- Gastrointestinal infections: Like gastroenteritis, which is the acute inflammation of the stomach (gastro) and/or intestinal mucous (enteritis) inflammation that causes an increase in the production of stool or the elimination of water through the intestine, accompanied in many cases of vomiting, fever, and pain in the abdomen.
- Urinary infections: It is more frequent in girls because they have a shorter urethra. In babies, it is difficult to diagnose. Its main symptoms are that the baby does not gain weight, has a high fever and/or has a strange smell in the urine. The term “urinary infection” includes all urinary tract infections.
Promotes maxillofacial development
Breastfeeding is the first and most important stimulus in favoring the correct development of the maxillary bones, as well as the entire musculature and joints around the oral cavity.
A baby that breastfeeds, tones and strengthens in an ideal way, all the muscles involved in the functions of sucking and chewing. It is also ensuring proper development of his breathing and swallowing,
which allows these two acts to be properly synchronized.
This, in turn, significantly decreases the subsequent appearance of problems of bad bite or malocclusion.
When suckling, the baby strengthens and maintains the physiological nasal breathing circuit, which allows him to suck, swallow and breathe through the nose in a synchronized manner.
Reduces the risk of chronic diseases during childhood as:
- Asthma: It is a disease that causes the airways to swell and become narrow. This causes wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and cough.
- Allergies: Allergy is a reaction of the immune system to a substance in the environment called the allergen. When a child with allergies comes in contact with any of these substances (either by touching, inhaling, eating or injecting them), their body detects them as a dangerous invader and releases histamines and other chemicals to reject them. These chemicals cause irritation in your body and cause symptoms such as clear mucus (nose drips frequently), sneezing, itching, and coughing.
- Atopic dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis has a different appearance and symptoms in infants, children, and adults: Babies can have symptoms with only 2-3 months of life. A rash may suddenly appear that leaves the skin dry, flaky and itchy.
- Celiac disease: Celiac disease, also known as celiac disease or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is characterized by inflammation of the mucus of the small intestine as a consequence of an immunological and permanent intolerance to gluten ingested from barley, wheat, rye and, in those who have a genetic predisposition to suffer the disease, also to oats.
- Diabetes mellitus Type 1 and 2: Diabetes mellitus type 1 occurs when the body destroys the beta cells of the pancreas, which produce insulin.
Diabetes mellitus type 2, typical of subjects older than 40 years, initially the pancreas itself produces insulin, but the problem is that this insulin does not work well because there are problems in the place of action of this hormone (muscle or liver cells for example). These problems are usually due to the presence of obesity, among others, so that a proper diet and exercise, to control weight are the initial treatment.
- Ulcerating colitis: Ulcerating colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon (the large intestine) and the rectum. It is characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the inner wall of the colon. Typical symptoms include diarrhea (sometimes with blood) and often abdominal pain.
- Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory process of the intestinal tract mainly. Although it can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the lower portion of the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon and rectum).
- Systemic arterial hypertension: Systemic hypertension is high blood pressure in the systemic arteries – the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the tissues of the body (except the lungs).
- Hypercholesterolemia: It is the increase of the normal amount of cholesterol in the blood.
- Overweight and obesity.
- Cancer (leukemia and lymphoma): The main difference between these types of cancer is that leukemia, mainly affect the bone marrow and blood, and can spread to other parts of the body, while lymphomas mainly affect the lymph nodes or other organs, although they can affect the bone marrow.
Some other important aspects of breast milk are:
- Prevents the appearance of cavities.
- It favors the digestion process.
- Increases intellectual coherence and favors neurodevelopment.
- Decreases infant mortality.
- Facilitates the adaptation of premature children.
- The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome decreases.
For all that and much more …
Breastfeeding is very important as it directly affects the health of the child during childhood and, later, during adulthood.
I hope this post is interesting and helps many mothers and future mothers to choose to breastfeed 🙂
Any questions you have, you can leave me in the comments, I will be more than happy to help you.
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