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Minimum length of breastfeeding to get health benefits?

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March 24, 2019 / By Tracy
Question: My partner and I are expecting a baby soon, but since neither of us lactate the woman carrying our baby offered to pump milk for us. We thought that was a great idea since there are some health benefits associated with breastfeeding. What is the minimum time you need to breastfeed to get these health benefits? Thank you.
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Sage Sage | 6 days ago
To get the health benefits, the baby at least needs to ingest Colostrum: Colostrum is the first stage of breast milk that occurs during pregnancy and lasts for several days after the birth of the baby. It is either yellowish or creamy in color. It is also much thicker than the milk that is produced later in breastfeeding. Colostrum is high in protein, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins are antibodies that pass from the mother to the baby and provide passive immunity for the baby. Passive immunity protects the baby from a wide variety of bacterial and viral illnesses. Two to four days after birth, colostrum will be replaced by transitional milk. Even if you have decided to use formula rather than breastmilk, you may wish to breastfeed your newborn for at least a few days after birth, so that he or she can receive the antibody protection and nutritional benefits offered by colostrum.
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Sage Originally Answered: What are the benefits of breastfeeding after first year?
Reasons to breastfeed include: boosting baby's immunity, providing "perfect" food with right amount of nutrients, bonding, and then, benefits to the mother, such as weightloss, and maybe lowering certain disease risks for the future. By age one, the baby should have their own immune system developed, and the intestines should be more able to absorb nutrients from other foods more readily. Basically, the benefits are decreased, but still present. As long as it works for you and your baby, you should breastfeed until you feel it is the right time to stop.

Neve Neve
First of all, congrats to you for being 19 and breastfeeding, you should be VERY proud of yourself for that! I'm 25 and also have an 8wk old that I'm breastfeeding who also plans to breastfeed for 6 months. The benefits will last a lifetime. The baby has a better immune system and is less likely to be sick, to develop diabetes later in life, and has a lower rate of obesity later in life. The benefits are also for you, your risk factors for ovarian and breast cancer are decreased compared with a woman who did not breastfeed. Check out the website below, I love it!
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Lynda Lynda
Even if the baby just got the yellow colostrum at the beginning that would be better than none at all. I would say take it one month at a time. Ask the expectant birth mother how long she would feel comfortable pumping.
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Kaylie Kaylie
There is no minimum length. The longer you breastfeed, the more the benefits (up to around a year old, at which point most of baby's nutrients should come from solids unless his/her diet is severely limited).
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Huldah Huldah
Any amount is better than none but 1 year is a good amount of time. Studies show children breastfed for a year do better in school and have less cold and allergies.
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Huldah Originally Answered: What are health benefits of pecans?
Carb Conscious Pecans are naturally low in carbohydrates - always have been, always will be. In fact, a handful of pecans (one ounce of pecans) contains only 4 grams of carbohydrates! That means that nutrient-dense pecans can add flavor, nutrition and disease-fighting properties to any diet that limits carbs. High In Healthy Fat Pecans contain approximately 60 percent monounsaturated fat and 30 percent polyunsaturated fat. This means that almost 90 percent of the fats (oils) in pecans are heart-healthy! Not only will these fats help curb your appetite, they can help protect your heart. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) felt there was enough evidence of nuts' heart-healthy benefits that it approved the following health claim, "Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts (including pecans), as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." Capable Of Lowering Cholesterol Many low carb diets allow high-saturated foods, which are known to raise blood cholesterol levels. However, pecans contain an abundance of unsaturated fats, and studies have shown that pecans can help lower cholesterol levels. Pecans also contain plant components with antioxidant properties, which can slow the oxidation or "rusting" of LDL (bad) cholesterol. And, a recent study has confirmed that pecans also contain plant sterols, which have been in the news recently for their cholesterol-lowering ability. NUTrition Packed It can be difficult to obtain all the nutrients you need when you follow a diet that severely restricts any nutrient (such as carbs). However, pecans provide a lot of nutritional bang for your buckespecially considering the few carbs that are present in pecans. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. Just one ounce of pecans (a handful or about 20 halves) has more zinc an important nutrient for proper growth and strong immunity than a 3.5-ounce piece of skinless chicken. Most good sources of zinc are foods of animal origin, but pecans offer an excellent plant-based source. Plentiful In Protein Pecans belong to the protein group in the USDAs Food Guide Pyramid, along with meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dried beans a group of foods that are naturally low in carbohydrates. Whether they are used as a meat alternative or as a snack, pecans provide a healthful source of needed protein, which is essential for proper body function. Fiber-Filled One ounce of pecans has about the same amount of fiber as a medium-sized apple, and provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller longer and will keep your blood sugar steady (an important element to low-carb eating). Weight Control Benefits Research suggests that pecans may help with weight control. One reason is their ability to help with satiety - which means that dieters and those looking to control their weight will stay fuller, longer after they eat pecans. Studies have also shown that consumers who eat nuts regularly are leaner than those who dont eat nuts regularly, and suggest that nuts may increase the rate at which the body burns calories.

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