The numbers indicate if 90% of mothers breastfeed their babies, it would go on to reduce 14,000 heart attacks among women in each year. Breastfeeding lowers women’s risks pertaining to health and that includes babies as well. Babies who have their active share of breast milk have higher levels of resistance to asthma, ear infections, diabetes and the list goes on and on. But research is more focused on the major advantages it goes on to provide the mothers.
Health benefits for mothers
As a breastfeeding mother, it lowers down the risk of
- Ovarian or breast cancer
- Obesity and being overweight
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood sugar
The question is if there is a medicine in the market which can keep all the above diseases at bay, will we not go and purchase it.
Duration of nursing:
How long does one have to nurse themselves to go on and avail these benefits? According to eminent medical professionals, the optimum time to breastfeed is right after birth as it tends to benefit both the mother and the baby. Say, for example, if you have breastfed your baby for 12 months you reduce a chance of blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
How to encourage breastfeeding among mothers
What is the solution to promote breastfeeding among the newborn moms? Research indicates that among the newborn moms who intended to breastfeed, only those who were provided the necessary guidelines in the hospital were less exclusive to feed during the first two months and were less likely to continue breastfeeding till the baby reached six months.
The case is also not easy for women who are expected to breastfeed. Like exercise or diet, it requires a certain level of commitment or courage. The hospitals have an important role in this regard as they need to be mom-friendly, baby friendly and perhaps the most important quality of heart friendly. They should not go on and supply free formula, in the process encourage the healthy promotion of breastfeeding. This is all the more important in the case of women of color who are at a higher risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
A sense of compassion
The consensus between breastfeeding and postpartum depression leaves all of us a bit confused. Studies indicate lower levels for breastfeeding moms. It is not that simple, for all the moms who wanted to practice breastfeeding and they did, the risk was the lowest. In the case of moms who planned to breastfeed their babies and could not do it, the risk was the highest. While all of us want to promote breastfeeding for both the baby and the mother, it is really important to support mothers, who wanted to breastfeed their children and could not do so. In addition to this, the long time breastfeeding side effects are also likely to emerge from time to time.
Most mothers resort to the technique of breastfeeding for the stable health of their baby. Let us support all the women in this noble cause.