From the very moment a mother holds her baby in her arms, she will do everything she can to keep her baby happy and healthy. The baby who grew inside her for 9 months is going to depend on her for breast milk. It is the best food for babies since it gives them just the kind of nutrition they need to become strong, healthy and happy.
Can Your Baby’s Feeding Cause Obesity?
Childhood obesity inevitably leads to adult obesity. As we all know, obesity is linked to a number of serious health problems like heart diseases, diabetes and even early death. The right quantity of Insulinogenic Amino acids (like Valine) present in the breast milk reduces the risk of obesity.
According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), feeding breast milk to babies helps maintain a balance of insulin levels and thus can prevent diabetes. Research has shown that breastfeeding also lowers the chances of obesity at a young age.
How Do Your Baby’s Feedings Affect Their Metabolism?
According to a journal on JAMA network, breast milk is especially helpful in regulating the food intake and enabling the child to develop healthy eating habits when they grow up. This is because breast milk helps promote healthy metabolism rates which will help prevent excess weight gain.
Avoid introducing solid foods to your baby before the 6-month mark as it can have an impact on your baby’s metabolic health. A baby’s body develops the right enzymes to digest solids only after the 3rd or 4th month. Some babies may take longer than that. So it is best to wait till they turn 6 months at the very least. They will show signs that they are ready to eat solids.
Other Long-Term Diseases Prevented By Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has a number of long-term benefits for babies. According to UNICEF, a number of chronic diseases can be prevented through breastfeeding. A comparative study was done between those who were exclusively breastfed to those who were partially breastfed based on their health later in life. It was observed that breastfed babies would be at a lower risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes. They had low mean serum cholesterol levels and are less likely to develop food allergies.
A lot of factors can affect whether or not a baby is going to get exclusive breastfeeding, mixed feeding, or no breast milk at all for the first 6 months of their life. If a mother is unavailable or unable to produce breast milk for her baby, she may have to feed a suitable alternative which is closest to breastmilk in composition.
Note- This blog has been reviewed by Tinystep Medical Advisory Board
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