Jewish medical ethics: breastfeeding - better health

Health SpookyAlfred August 7, 2016 0 0
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The World Health Organization advises women to give their child for at least six months of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is good for health. There are fewer ear and respiratory infections, improved growth, higher cognitive and motor development and effective production of multiple organs, including the central nervous system and gut. This determines the health in later life. Judaism shares this conclusion and is therefore in favor of breastfeeding.

Jewish law: breastmilk best nutrition for child

The Jewish authorities argue that we should not be smarter than God. The Creator has determined that breast milk is the first food and so it should remain. In the halachic work Tseda Tray Rech says a child as long as possible has to be nursed. Breast milk is the best nutrition for the infant. It is recommended to breastfeed for at least two years in order to protect the child from diseases. When the child is old enough, it can even tell the praise of milk.

Breastfeeding as protection against obesity

Research has shown that breastfeeding goes against obesity. The longer children are breastfed, the lower the risk of obesity.

Breastfeeding provides a better IQ

Research shows that children breastfed at fifteen years of age have a higher IQ than formula-fed children. In addition to the cognitive development prove the motor and virus development also proceed more favorably in infants who were breastfed.

What food components in breast milk are responsible for the effects?

The IQ:
  • polyunsaturated long chain fatty acids
  • Choline
  • specific glycoprotein
  • phospholipids

promote maturation of various organs:
  • immunoglobulins
  • nucleotides
  • anti-microbial peptides
  • cytokines
  • TGF
  • IGF - I and - II
  • GH
  • GHRF

These substances 'prime' in old age through maturation and optimization of growth and development.

Disadvantages breastfeeding

Disadvantages are also known, such as the lack of some essential substances in breast milk and the possible presence of harmful substances.
There may be a deficiency of vitamin K and vitamin D action. After six months can lead to iron deficiency anemia that could lead to infectious diseases and lagging growth and development.
Pollution by harmful substances can enter through breastfeeding.

Greater advantages than disadvantages

Yet the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Therefore, breastfeeding is recommended. Only in HIV infection of the mother, the use of irreplaceable drugs such as cytostatics, or frequent use use stimulants's milk is not recommended.
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