Feeding your baby ecologically is a key step in helping him or her thrive, according to a new book, which explores how to adapt to a changing world.
The book, Feeding Your Baby Ecologically, is based on a research paper published by the Royal Society in January, in which scientists studied how baby feeding practices have evolved over the past several decades in Britain.
The authors, from the Royal Veterinary College, say the results are not surprising: Ecological practices, including breastfeeding, have been around for a long time, and many people, particularly mothers, were still doing it.
But the book is based mainly on the work of a few scientists and, according a press release, is “the first attempt to put to rest any long-standing debate about the ecological benefits of breastfeeding”.
“The results of the study show that, with very few exceptions, babies benefit from breastfeeding in a wide range of ways,” said one of the authors, Dr. Laura Jorgensen.
“This shows that breastfeeding is good for babies, for the environment and for the human population,” she added.
What are the benefits of breast-feeding?
According to the Royal Academy of Sciences, breastfeeding is the most environmentally beneficial practice for babies and their mothers.
Breastfeeding “provides the best possible environment for the baby to thrive and learn,” it says.
“Feeding is good nutrition for the body, which can also help with immune function, weight gain, bone development, skin and hair growth and overall health.”
Breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of infections in newborns, which are known to be linked to premature death in later life.
Breast-feeding is also recommended for infants, who can help reduce the chance of having an asthma attack and the spread of certain cancers.
Breast feeding also improves your child’s chances of surviving the first year of life and increasing your childs independence.
A study published in December found that the majority of mothers who breastfed their newborns experienced fewer hospital admissions and shorter hospital stays.
Breastfed babies also have a lower risk of becoming overweight or obese in later adulthood, according the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
What about breastfeeding while pregnant?
While breastfeeding is a natural, healthy practice, it is not recommended when you are pregnant or breastfeeding a newborn, according Dr. Mary MacIntyre, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Glasgow, and an author of the Royal Academies paper.
“We know that it can cause harm during pregnancy and we know that women who breastfeed during pregnancy have a greater risk of having a baby who will be overweight or overweight, and the mother may have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a birth defect,” she said.
“If you are breastfeeding, you need to think about whether you are really taking this into account and whether it is really making a difference.”
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a list of the best breastfeeding practices, and recommends breastfeeding with babies of both sexes in both breastfed and bottle-fed infants.
The most important thing is to give them plenty of time to eat and drink.
That includes getting them water, which is crucial for keeping them hydrated and well fed.
“There is a huge amount of evidence that breastfeeding during pregnancy is good,” Dr. Jorgenson said.
She added that the Royal Societies study shows that “the benefits of having both breast-fed and breastfeeding babies is pretty well established, and that breastfeeding really does make a big difference.”
What can you do about breastfeeding?
If you are unsure of the benefits and are breastfeeding and have a baby, you should speak to your doctor and discuss your options with him or a lactation consultant.
The Royal Socisions study suggests that breastfeeding has some benefits for your child, but that it is better to breastfeed with your baby in the first three months of life.
“The good news is that if you have a healthy baby, breastfeeding will not harm your baby, and it will actually help you,” Dr MacIntrie said.
Breast milk contains a wide variety of nutrients that are useful for developing your baby.
The National Academy of Medical Sciences recommends that mothers and their partners breastfeed their babies until they are 6 months old.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers and couples breastfeed for at least six months.
For babies, the Royal Institute of Food and Agriculture recommends breast-milk supplementation throughout pregnancy.
What else can you feed your infant?
According the Royal Agricultural Society, breastfeeding may also help reduce exposure to pesticides and herbicides.
For instance, in some areas of Europe, the spraying of glyphosate and other herbicides on crops has been linked to decreased numbers of insects and birds, and increases in pesticide residues in milk.
“It is really important that the mother’s milk contains nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B, and D, and this can help protect the