Breastfeeding is an important part of your baby’s early months. Not only does it give your baby all the nutrients he needs, but it also forms a huge part of your bond with the little one.
As a mother, breastfeeding your little one is a crucial decision you make and it has an impact on your little one’s health and development. Breast milk has the perfect mix of proteins, vitamins and minerals for the baby in an easily digestible form that keeps your baby healthy and comfortable. It also contains antibodies that help protect the baby from certain illnesses. The benefits do not end when you stop breastfeeding your little one - they carry on later in your child’s life.
Keeping your baby healthy is a huge part of motherhood, and all moms work very hard to do so. With problems like childhood obesity on the rise, the right nutrition becomes crucial to keep your baby healthy. According to the WHO, the rise in obesity has also been accompanied by the rising occurrence of diabetes, heart diseases, and some cancers, and it is thus important to protect your baby from these risks. Research by ncbi has found that feeding only breastmilk to a baby for the first four months is crucial for the baby’s health and comes with the added bonus of keeping your baby safe from becoming obese in the future. Doctors also recommend that you exclusively breastfeed your baby for at least six months after birth so that they can get the best nutrition during this period.
Breast milk has, in addition to the right kind of proteins, the right quantity of proteins that help protect the baby from long-term health issues such as obesity. It has a long-lasting impact on the baby’s life in the future. Breast milk contains the right amount of protein and as a result, is easier on your baby’s developing gut. It has the appropriate amount of whey protein, amino acids, minerals and fats that are all involved in the baby’s development, and the levels of these nutrients vary, changing according to the baby’s changing needs and growing body. The hormones in breast milk also help with the baby’s metabolism, growth and physiology, and this has far-reaching benefits for your baby, even when he has grown into a young toddler. Proteins are so beneficial that they are called the ‘bricks of life’.
Now that you know it’s this simple, isn’t breastfeeding worth the struggles it may bring? It may not be easy but it keeps both you and your little one healthy and happy. By providing your baby with the appropriate amounts of high-quality proteins through breastfeeding, you support your baby’s health, building a strong foundation for healthy development.
Disclaimer: All the information provided in the blog is for reference purposes only. Please do not consider this as a medical advice. Start Healthy Stay Healthy programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors. Always consult a doctor if you have any questions related to your own health or the health of your child.