Benefits of Breastfeeding
Someone once said that he did not like the idea of breast feeding . He felt it was a sham and that babies should take more of formula feeds. Then I asked him why the formula feeds were prepared with breast milk as the template. Trust me, he went mute. !!
Quite a number of people are aware of some of the benefits of breastfeeding (especially exclusive breast feeding – “baby friendly“) to the baby, but not many are conversant with how valuable it is to the mother and the family as a whole.
It is recommended by WHO and UNICEF that a child be exclusively breast-fed for 6 months, thereafter, give complementary feeds while still breast feeding for up to 2 years. *winks*.
To exclusively breast feed means to give only breast milk to the infant. No water, no other food.
So, here are some benefits:
To the baby:
- It is readily available and accessible
- It comes with the right taste and the right temperature
- It contains all the essential nutrients such as vitamins, energy, fat, protein, minerals, even water , in the right proportion to aid the baby’s growth
- It reduces the risk of developing allergies and asthma, diabetes mellitus, tooth decay, and obesity later in life
- It boosts the immunity of the baby against some common childhood infections like ear and chest infections
- It is easily digested
- It reduces the frequency of hospital visits
- Helps the baby and mother to bond better
- The stool is less offensive
- Faster growth and development
- Lovely skin and hair
- It makes the child more intelligent ( I am sure you would love that)
To the mum
This by extension applies to the family.
- Exclusive breast feeding helps in child spacing
- Reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer
- Helps to attain pre- pregnancy weight more quickly
- The tommy size reduces more quickly because the womb size reduces at a faster rate
- It builds bone strength and prevents unnecessary breakage
- It saves time and energy
- It is cheap
So you may want to create more time to breast feed your baby. It is sure worth the hassle !!!
Have a wonderful breastfeeding time.
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