It’s not a campaign awareness nor a theorizing article... It's science folks! Here’s why, in simple words, breastfeeding helps you raise smarter babies.
Your breast milk contains an acid known as DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). This fatty acid is a primary component of the human brain. The more you breastfeed, the more your baby receives DHA, the more developed his/her brain will be. The studies have shown that DHA deficiency causes cognitive decline and has serious health effects like the chances of having Alzheimer, cancer…etc.
Don’t get confused: Cholesterol is bad for adults, but essential for babies! It is a key fat in babies’ brain development. Luckily your breast milk contain high level of cholesterol.
As you know lactose is type of sugar and it constitutes 40% of your child’s calories. How can sugar be important to brain development? Your baby’s body breaks lactose into galactose. The latter plays an important role in your baby’s absorption of Calcium, an essential vitamin to healthy brain function and development and to the nervous system.
Proteins is everything everyone talks about! What you don’t know is that the brain’s cells communicate via proteins. In other words, your breast milk is a great source of protein to your child, which helps his brain cells communicate better, stay active, alert and function properly.
You now have four valid reasons to enjoy the breastfeeding experience with your newborn!