Breastfeeding Lowers Risk of Ear Infections
According to an article posted on BabyCenter.com, exclusively breastfeeding your child for only 3 months (most doctors recommend trying for at least six months) can drastically reduce the number of ear infections your child has. Ear infections in young children occur often, as they are easily transmitted from other toddlers at daycare or preschool.
Repeated ear infections lead to irritable children, babies, and in particularly bad cases, your infant may need to have tubes put in their ears. Situations like this can affect the rest of their lives. A side effect to note for ear infections is the possibility of antibiotic resistance. Over time, penicillin may no longer work, causing you child to take stronger and stronger antibiotics and creating antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Exclusive breastfeeding however, can help prevent this. Breastfeeding is reputed to stimulate immune system development- it helps babies stave of ear infections. According to recent research, babies who were exclusively breastfed for 3 months were 50 percent less likely to have recurring middle ear infections.
The World Health Organization currently recommends breastfeeding for two years. Many women are unable to do this, due to their career or other personal reasons. Some women are simply unable to produce enough milk. If you are having this problem, talk to your doctor about domperidone, a stomach medication with a useful side effect of stimulating milk production.
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