Breastfeeding as we all know is feeding of babies or young children with milk from a woman’s breast. Breastfeeding plays an important role in nursing a child. In this article, we are going to be discussing about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding to both the mother and child. So, sit back, grab a glass of juice and let’s proceed.
Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. As your baby grows, your breast milk will change to meet his or her nutritional needs. Breastfeeding can also help protect you and your baby against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases. The composition of breast milk changes depending on how long the baby nurses at each session, as well as on the child’s age. The first type, produced during the first days after childbirth, is called colostrum. Colostrum is easy to digest although it is more concentrated than mature milk. It has a laxative effect that helps the infant to pass early stools, aiding in the excretion of excess bilirubin which helps to prevent jaundice. Health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), recommend breastfeeding exclusively the first six months of life. This means that no other foods or drinks, other than possibly vitamin D are typically given. Breast milk contains all the water a baby needs. After the introduction of foods at six months of age, recommendations include continued breastfeeding until one to two years of age or more. Globally, about 38% of infants are only breastfed during their first six months of life. Breastfeeding has a number of benefits to both mother and baby, which infant formula lacks.
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight viral and bacteria infections. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of getting allergies or asthma and may improve cognitive functions. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer respiratory illnesses, ear infections and diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor. Breastfeeding provides your child with ideal nutrition and supports growth and development. Breastfeeding encourages important skin to skin contact between mum and baby which helps to create a close bond.
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for the mother?
Breastfeeding burns 300 to 500 calories daily so it can help you lose some weight. Breastfeeding causes a mother’s uterus to contract, post-birth, helping her body to recover from pregnancy more quickly. Breast milk is low-cost, safe, always in the right temperature and ready prepared. SO YOU HAVE GOT NO WORRIES. When Breastfeeding, eating a variety of different foods will change the flavor of your breast milk. This will expose your baby to different tastes. Breastfeeding delays the return of menstruation and fertility, a phenomenon known as lactation amenorrhea. Long-term benefits for the mother include decreased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Breast feeding is very vital, as it contains all the nutritional needs for babies during their first six (6) months of life, including many antibodies and growth factors.
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Disclaimer: Please note that this information should not take the place of your doctor’s advice.