How can breastfeeding benefit mother and child?

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Dr. Sayed Mujahid Husain, Paediatrician with Apollo Medical Centre, Bangalore, India, explains the benefits of breastfeeding a child immediately after birth till he or she attains the age of 6 months. Breastfeeding is not only important for a newborn; it is also very crucial in ensuring early recovery from childbirth and postpartum issues that new mothers faces.

Nature has blessed women the ability to nourish and nurture independently.

Since ages women have been breastfeeding their children. But, suddenly formula feeding has become a trend and the preference to feed a child has changed altogether. Thankfully, women are now turning back to breastfeeding, owing to education and awareness programme held worldwide.

Some of the facts that prove that breastfeeding is very important are:

  • The first milk produced, also known as colostrum is low in fat, high in carbohydrates, proteins, and high in antibodies making it the ideal first food for your baby.
  • A mother passes all her antibodies to her child through breastfeeding improving the baby’s immune system.
  • Breastfed babies are reported to be safe against various infections and diseases throughout their lifetime.
  • Breastfeeding has been reported to reduce the chances of infant mortality and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • It helps in emotional bonding of the mother and the baby.
  • Breastfeeding mothers are said to produce good hormones that help in early recovery from childbirth.
  • Breastfeeding women are at a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, hypertension, endometriosis, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Breast milk is the best nutrition that you can provide to your child for the first 6 months of their life. It is apt to say that a mother’s milk is “an elixir of life for her baby.” Not only it provides healthy nutrients, it passes on immunoglobulins that keeps your child safe from most common infections and aids in developing them into physically and emotionally healthy human beings. Doctors are constantly urging new mothers to feed their babies.

Last but not the least, breastfeeding is far more easy on the pocket and practical than formula feeding. Don’t deprive your child something that is his or her birth right.


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