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Nursing - What Are The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

What Are The Benefits of Breastfeeding?
Before getting pregnant I knew that I wanted to breast feed any children I might have. My main motivation was that it is healthiest for babies, and I wanted to give my baby the best I could. There are numerous health benefits from breast milk that even the healthiest formula cannot match. Breast milk has salts and vitamins that just can’t be found in formula, as well as immune friendly properties that keep baby healthy and protect against a myriad of problems. Breastfeeding is also the most wonderful and unique way to bond with your baby. Newborns and infants can see only about 12 inches in front of them. Guess what is the distance between being nestled in mom's arms to nurse and mom's face? You got it - 12 inches! Furthermore, the research has shown that breastfeeding produces smarter babies. According to John Medina, Ph.D., who is a development molecular biologist and author, breastfed babies in America on average score eight points higher than bottle-fed babies when given cognitive tests. Almost ten years later this effect is still observable and experimentally repeatable. In conclusion, let me quote Amy Spangler: "While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby."
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