Outline Of The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

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Outline
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Thesis: Breastfeeding provides unique nutrients for the baby, protects from disease, has health benefits for the mother, and provides a unique bond between mother and baby.
I. The array of benefits for an infants’ health
A. Mortality and sudden infant death syndrome
B. Reduces overweight and obesity
a. Reduces the risk of diabetes
C. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia
D. Neurodevelopmental outcomes
II. The array of health benefits for the mother
A. Longer periods of amenorrhea
B. Lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer
C. Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
D. Reduces maternal depression
III. Bonding time for mother and baby
Conclusion: The decision of whether or not to breastfeed is the
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Breastfeeding provides unique nutrients for the baby, protects from disease, has health benefits for the mother, and provides a unique bond between mother and baby.
Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the complete form of nutrition for infants with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development (Breastfeeding- Natural Is Best). All these factors can decrease Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) and mortality. In serval meta-analyses babies that are breastfeed have a 36% decrease in the risk of SIDS. According to The Lives Saved Tool, an estimated 823,000 yearly deaths would be saved if breastfeeding was scaled up to universal levels. Disorders like necrotizing enterocolitis, that has a high case-fatality, showed a 58% decrease with breastfeeding (Victoria, Cesar G, et all.).
Obesity in the U.S is at an all-time high. Studies have shown that if any breast feeding happened during infancy, there is a 15%-30% reduction in young and adult obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a section on breastfeeding, explains why there’s a decrease in obesity:
Breastfed infants self-regulate intake volume irrespective of maneuvers that increase available milk volume, and the early programming of self-regulation, in turn, affects adult weight gain. This concept is further supported by the observations that
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