Is not breastfeeding bad for my baby?
I was a formula-fed baby myself, which is not surprising considering the year that I was born. In the late 50’s two “modern” baby formulas were introduced, Similac and Enfamil, both of which were aggressively advertised with exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims of health benefits for babies. These ads even subtly insinuated that breast feeding was less healthy and even “unclean”. Who wouldn’t have chosen to use formula in the early 60s?
- Decreased risk of many common infections, including bacterial, viral, and yeast infections.
- Decreased risk of many chronic health problems, including asthma, autoimmune diseases, allergies, celiac disease (gluten allergy), diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, some mental health conditions, and many others.
- Improved biome (beneficial bacteria) in the gut. You may not realize this, but your body’s normal function relies significantly on having a really good balance of bacteria in your gut. This affects many aspects of health. Breastfeeding helps to establish this biome early in baby’s life.
- Better hormonal balance.
- Better immune system development and function, including improved effectiveness of vaccines
- Improved development of motor skills, language skills, and intellectual function.
- Improved vision
- Decreased risk of developing obesity
- Decreased risk of certain types of cancer.
- Decreased risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Closer bond with mom.
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Dr. Anita Bennett MD – Health Tip Content Editor
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