Benefits Of Extended Breast Feeding And Link Between Chronic Disease

1961 Words Mar 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Aynslie Skye Glendenning
Nutrition 101

The Benefits of Extended Breast Feeding and Link between Chronic Disease

“Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants ' health, growth, immunity and development.” (Healthy People 2010, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding a newborn are known; however new studies are showing that extended breastfeeding is linked to preventing chronic disease, later in adulthood. These finding are significant because the prevalence of chronic disease worldwide is growing, especially in our nation.
I will discuss the main benefits of breastfeeding, define extended breastfeeding, current research. Additionally, I will discuss the link between extended breastfeeding and obesity. Lastly, I will analyze the social stigmas of extended breastfeeding. I think it is important to mention that I will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, but these studies are used for a “jump off point”, so to speak, and is not the focus of this paper. The WHO breaks down breastfeeding into levels of breastfeeding, based on a scale of how regularly it is used. Breast feeding can be exclusive, predominant, full, complementary.
An infant that is exclusively breastfed, received nourishment only from breast milk from their mother, or a wet nurse and no other liquids. An exception to this is the supplementation of mineral or vitamin…
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