Health Affects of Lack of Breastfeeding for Mother and Infant
There are considerable differences if one talks about the way overall health of the mother and infant is when is formula feeding as compared to breastfeeding. One of the key problems that are faced by children who are not breastfed is that they face an increased risk of infectious morbidity. The other major risk that is faced by children who are not being breastfed is that the chances of childhood obesity are much more severe in the cases where children are not breastfed. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is considered to be the major problem for mothers who are not breastfeeding their children and it is widely believed that the risk of leukemia is increased at much greater level. Sudden death infant syndrome is another rare disorder that can affect the health and well-being of children if they are not being breastfed (Onis, 2016). For the mothers, the major risk that is faced by is that how the incidence and risk of premenopausal breast cancer increase as well as the greater likelihood of ovarian cancer for some mothers, it has been witnessed that retained gestational weight gain is another major issue that is faced by them. The metabolism issues for both the children and mother are also needed to be kept in mind if one talks about the long-term effect of the lack of breastfeeding. The ideal thing that is being done in the cases where mothers are not breastfeeding their children is that active counseling is provided to the mother so that they have the necessary insight when it comes to making sure that the appropriate evidence-based care can be provided to both the children and the mother. These findings show how infant feeding is an important part in the overall healthcare of children (Onis, 2016).
Onis, M. (2016). Breastfeeding in the WHO multicentre growth reference study. Acta Paediatrica, 95(S450), 16-26.