So far, there has been talk only about the benefits of breastfeeding on children, at least in number. Regarding the disadvantages of breastfeeding, there are indeed disadvantages of breastfeeding for mothers, but it is difficult to identify its negative effects on the baby. Doctors have managed to identify small differences in the health of breastfed and breastfed children, but they say they do not pose significant problems from a medical perspective.
It seems that the food from the first days of life of the baby (breast milk) influences its future health. In general, the influences are beneficial:
decreases the risk of sudden death in infants;
provides protection against infections (containing antibodies and strengthening the immune system);
reduces the risk of diabetes;
the risk of different types of cancer decreases;
reduces the risk of Krohn's disease and other digestive problems;
reduces the risk of allergies and asthma, etc.
Are there any negative effects of breastfeeding on the baby?
Specialists have observed that babies who are breast-fed have lower blood pressure than the normal average in the first years of life compared to babies fed with milk formulas (69.72 mmHg at 3 years of age, compared with 74.05 mmHg - in those feed on milk formula).
It seems that the circumference of the breast of the breastfed children is a little larger than that of those who are fed powdered milk. Until the age of 3 years there were no differences in the height or weight of the children, nor in the composition of the fat layers, but they had a head circumference of 0.2 cm (maximum 0.5 cm).
Breast milk is undoubtedly a unique and even miraculous food in the health of babies, but it is very low in vitamin D. Milk formulas are enriched with vitamins and minerals and give the baby the recommended doses of these to grow healthy and strong. However, they also have disadvantages, because breast milk contains unique nutrients, which cannot be synthesized and integrated into powdered milk. In addition, some doctors say, vitamin D can be activated in the body by simply exposing the baby to the sun.
Babies who were breastfed in the first week of life had lower levels of insulin in their blood than those who were fed powdered milk. This effect seems to disappear until the children turn 9 months old. Insulin is needed in baby's health because it regulates blood sugar levels, synthesizes proteins, stimulates cell growth, etc.
Specialists argue that the guilt for these differences would be the level of protein in the children's diet.
They argue that these changes in children's health are small and do not pose major medical problems. But I don't know what the long-term impact of this discovery is for children. I cannot say whether they will worsen or will disappear by themselves over the years. The findings are relatively recent and physicians do not have a complete assessment of the evolution of these consequences.
However, they do not discourage breastfeeding in any way and argue that the positive effects of breastfeeding are far outweighed by the less beneficial effects and that breastfeeding remains a unique and essential form of child-rearing.
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