Chapter 15_Breastfeeding_Class

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Breastfeeding through Infancy Chapter 15 - Continued
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What Is Breastfeeding and  Why Is It Beneficial? Lactation: prolactin produces milk in breast and oxytocin causes milk to be released (let-down) Breastfeeding provides physical, emotional, and financial benefits for mothers. Breast-feeding helps with pregnancy recovery; reduces risk of some chronic diseases Breast milk less expensive, more convenient than formula ~75% cheaper than powdered formula Always sterile and correct temperature Breastfeeding promotes bonding with baby
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Breastfeeding Benefits Breastfeeding provides nutritional and health benefits for infants. Breast milk is best for infant’s unique nutrition needs Composition of breast milk changes as infant grows Colostrum: fluid produced after birth that contains antibodies, protein, minerals, vitamin A Breast milk is high in lactose, fat, B vitamins Low in protein and has a more digestible form: alpha- lactalbumin
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More Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby Breastfeeding protects against infections, allergies, chronic diseases and may enhance brain development Decreases risk and severity of diarrhea, meningitis, respiratory, ear and urinary tract infections Lactoferrin binds iron, making it unavailable to bacteria. Helps protect baby from pathogens, inflammation, allergies, and diseases such as SIDS, asthma, leukemia, heart disease, diabetes May reduce risk of childhood obesity
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Baby’s Brain Development Breast milk may help with brain development May boost cognitive function later Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association recommend that women exclusively breast-feed for first 6 months and combination of appropriate foods and breastfeeding during at least first year Milk can be expressed, refrigerated, or frozen for use later
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Milk Production During first 6 months, a breastfeeding mother produces about ¾ quart breast milk/day and a little over ½ quart/day in second 6 months
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course HPEB 502 taught by Professor Montgomery during the Fall '09 term at South Carolina.

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