Benefits of Breastfeeding

It is pretty clear that breastfeeding a newborn baby is healthier than bottle feeding it, but with the rise of the modern working woman, it may be difficult to continue to breastfeed because of external commitments.

However, studies show that more mothers are attempting to breastfeed their baby for longer. And why shouldn’t they? Breastfeeding has lots of benefits. Nursing an infant for longer can have a positive impact on the baby’s IQ.

The study, which was published one of the American Medical Association’s journals “JAMA Pediatrics”, was conducted by researchers from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital. They showed that if a child had been breastfed for the first year, then their verbal and IQ scores were higher.

The data was compiled from over 1,300 babies who had been breastfed by their mothers for at least 6 months. According to the study, the IQ points of the babies increased one-third of a point for each additional month they were breastfed and .2 higher for verbal scores.

Breastfeeding has other important benefits, which are, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is protection against ear infections, allergies, eczema, gastrointestinal diseases, and respiratory illnesses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have noticed a spike in the amount of women who are least trying to breastfeed, up to 77 percent in 2009, versus 71 percent in 2000.
Breastfeeding may be difficult to continue upkeep of, but it’s worth it. So much so that the AAP and World Health Organization are encouraging mothers to breastfeed for at least six months, up until the baby’s first birthday, because of all the benefits it has.