Natural breastfeeding to combat childhood obesity

Natural breastfeeding to combat childhood obesity

Michelle Obama had started her crusade against childhood obesity in the Let’s Move campaign by supporting breastfeeding. It has been proven that breastfed children are less likely to be obese. “Breastfed babies are 22 percent less likely to be obese,” she said. The message is directed primarily at the black community, where up to 40 percent of children do not feed on breast milk. This promotion of Michelle Obama’s breast milk has been seen by conservatives of the Tea Party as an intrusion on the education of their children, sparking a controversy in the United States.

Regardless of this “war” among opponents, the truth is that the benefits of the mother’s milk promoted by Michelle Obama are endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Young adults who have been breastfed tend to have “lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower rates of overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes.” “There are also data indicating that people who had breastfeeding perform better on intelligence tests,” says WHO as long-term benefits.

Benefits are also for the mother

“The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, but combined with emotional massage, the results are extraordinary,”  “It improves weight gain, its sensorineural development, increases its vagal tone and gastric motility, has analgesic effect, helps to better organize sleep, decreases stress hormones and helps the early reception of food by mouth.”

And the benefits are not only for the child, also for the mother. “Breastfeeding is best for recovering the figure after childbirth. Milk production increases the mother’s energy expenditure. Every 100 ml suckling baby is about 80-85 calories for the mother to produce, “explains Olga Burdiel, doctor specialist in endocrinology and nutrition of the Jimenez Diaz Foundation.

But it is not always easy for a first-time mom to start breastfeeding. What is the proper posture for the mother and baby? What to do to be able to combine it with work? To these and many other questions they answer in the course Emotional massage and support to the Lactation imparted by Center HARMONY.


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