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Judith E. Brown
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Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

The benefits of breastfeeding include:

  1. a. Hormonal, physical, and psychological benefits for the mother, but no differences for the infant.
  2. b. No hormonal physical or psychological benefits for the mother, but the infant gets heightened protection from infections and several chronic diseases.
  3. c. Hormonal, physical, and psychological benefits for the mother, and the infant gets heightened protection from infections and several chronic diseases.
  4. d. No hormonal benefits, but decreased breast cancer in the mother, and the infant gets heightened protection from infections and several chronic diseases.

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Breast feeding is an important phase in the life of both the mother and the infant. Breast milk provides the necessary nutrients, immunological functions and psychological support to the growing infant in his early stages of development. It also has several benefits to the mother like burning of the calories gained during pregnancy and also relaxation of the body by the release of oxytocin hormone.

Explanation

Reasons for the correct statement:

Option c. is given as “Hormonal, physical, and psychological benefits for the mother, and the infant gets heightened protection from infections and several chronic diseases”.

The feeding of the infant with breast milk imparts passive immunity to the infant and the growing infant is more active and bright as compared to the ones that are not breastfed. The mother also benefits from breast feeding as she has reduced infertility levels, decreased postpartum blood loss, and a stronger and healthy bonding with the child.

Therefore, option c. is correct.

Reasons for the incorrect statements:

Option a. is given as “Hormonal, physical, and psychological benefits for the mother, but no differences for the infant”. It is an incorrect statement because breast milk is an important source of physical, hormonal and psychological development of the newly born infant...

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