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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Some Practical Benefits of Breastfeeding

Some Practical Benefits of Breastfeeding
Assalamu aliekum wa rahmat'Allah, Here are a few conclusions come to by modern medicine and study that again confirm the wisdom of Allah the exalted and the completness and perfection of Islam.

Breastfed babies:
get sick less often and get less severe illnesses
are hospitalized less often and have a lower rate of mortality
have a lower risk of diarrheal disease
have a lower incidence of gastrointestinal illness
have a lower risk of urinary tract infections
have a lower incidence of respiratory disease
have a lower incidence of otitis media ear infections
have al lower incidence of allergies
have a lower rate of pneumonia
have lower rates of obesity
have a lower incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
have fewer learning and behavior difficulties

helps bond mother and child
confers passive immunity
is protective against measles and other communicable diseases
provides optimal growth and neurological development
prevents malocclusion and leads to better teeth and jaw development
protects against hypothermia
provides partial protection against necrotising entercolitis
provides major protection against bacteremia and meningitis
reduces the incidence of childhood lymphoma
enhances visual development
provides protection against neonatal sepsis
is less risky for premature babies and low birth rate babies
Artificially fed babies:

have an increased risk factor for juvenile diabetes
may have impaired antibody response to vaccines
who are premature experience apnea and bradycardia more frequently
have a higher risk of inflammatory illness
have a higher risk of celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cholera, and neonatal hypocalcemic tetany
Benefits for the Mother from breastfeeding:

bonds mother and child
provides the mother hormonal induced contentment
encourages efficient uterine contractions after childbirth
allows mothers to lose pregnancy weight and size faster
is convenient
the milk is pre-warmed, clean and always available
is cost effective and saves money
contributes to natural family planning
contributes to household food security
fosters confidence and promotes self-esteem
reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections
is protective against cancer (breast, ovarian, cervical)
lowers the incidence of chronic hepatitis
reduces the incidence of osteoporosis
reduces the requirements of insulin for lactating diabetic mothers Benefits for the community
Additionally breastfeeding:

results in less environmental waste and pollution
frees up health resources
saves money for hospitals and health clinics
may decrease spending on imports.

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