A mother’s love for her baby is matchless and so is her milk. Breast milk is natural and the ideal first food for your baby.
Why Only Breast Milk?
A Perfect Combination - Breast milk provides all the energy and nutrients that an infant needs to grow. It has the perfect mix of proteins,fats, vitamins and minerals.
Breastfeeding should be offered:
Day and night as per your baby’s demand
Without any additional food, water or drink for at least six months
Digestive System Friendly - The lactose, protein and fat in breast milk are easily digested by the baby’s digestive system, reducing the chances of diarrhea or constipation.
Protects Against Infections –Colostrum and breast milk contains antibodies that protect your baby from infectious diseases such as diarrhea, respiratory infections, ear infections and meningitis. It improves the infant’s immune system and reduces the growth of bacteria and viruses. It also helps in quicker recovery from illness.
Less Chance of Getting Admitted to the Hospital for Infectious Diseases: Babies who are exclusive breastfed for the first three months of life are less likely to get admitted to the hospital for infectious diseases in the first 6 months.
Brain Development - Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development.Babies who are breast-fed can score higher on cognitive abilities compared to babies fed with alternative methods.
Unique and Dynamic - It is unique and its composition changes according to your baby’s needs.
Safe and Protects against Allergies: The readily available breast milk is safe for your baby. It is pure, fresh, at the right temperature and free from any adulterants. Unlike cow’s milk, it can not cause any allergies.
Economical: The breast milk is free. There are no additional costs of alternative feeding options or equipments.
Opportunity for lifetime bonding: Breastfeeding is a great opportunity to bond with your baby.Skin to skin contact, gentle stroking, looking into your baby’s eyes will help establish and strengthen the bond between you and your baby. Breastfeeding will build a sense of security and trust in your baby that is very important for the emotional bonding.
Future Benefits - Babies who are breastfed are less likely to become overweight, obese or diabetic in their adolescent or adult years.
So, clear off your concerns about breastfeeding. Breast milk is the best gift you can give your baby. Don’t neglect it.
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.
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