Breast milk is one of God’s greatest gift to mothers as a source of nourishment to their children. Simply call it a wonder food and you won’t be wrong . Even with all the baby milk and formula available no one has been able to replicate the myriad nutrients found in breast milk.
Exclusive Breast feeding is recommended worldwide for all mothers of newborns at least for the first six months after birth because of the nutritional value it contains
The World Health Organization( WHO) recommends breastfeeding within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should thn be added while continuing to breast feed for up to two years or beyond.
Do you know that there are many benefits of breastfeeding not only to the baby but to the mother as well, find out some of them here :
Breast milk is highly nutritious containing
Breast milk is cheap, readily available, costs nothing and is in endless supply.
Breast milk is safer and easy to administer.
It helps with the optimal development of a child’s IQ.
Breast milk helps to shore up the body’s defenses against infections; antibodies are transferred from mother to child through breast milk.
Breast milk helps with bowel movement, breast fed babies rarely get constipated.
It helps prevent the two most common illnesses in children which are diarrhea and pneumonia.
Babies feel safer with skin to skin bonding and breast feeding promotes that between mother and child.
A breast fed child will have fewer risks of infections.
A breast fed baby will develop in to a healthy child and is less likely to be overweight.
Women who breast feed are more likely to reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in future, for the child it reduces any risk of childhood cancers as well.
It helps with weight loss and reduces obesity in women as nursing is a calorie burner and burns about 400 calories per day.
Studies have also shown that women who breast feed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Nursing mothers heal faster immediately after delivery; oxytocin is released as your nurse which makes your uterus to contract thereby reducing post delivery blood loss.
Breast milk adapts to your growing baby in the sense that Colostrum which is called the Premilk which comes immediately after delivery is full of antibodies to protect your new born, it is high in protein and low in sugar which is what your newborn needs immediately after birth, while days later when the full milk which comes which is higher in both sugar and volume to sustain your baby.
Frequent and timely nursing of your baby helps to delay ovulation which in turn delays menstruation.
Also acts a post-baby birth control option ,that is if the rules are applied properly .
Mothers, for your baby to enjoy and have a healthy life, be sure to breastfeed at least for the first six months .