Breastmilk is the natural first food for babies. Over the past decade, WHO has recommended that mothers do exclusive breastfeeding (breastmilk without any addition) for at least the first 6 months of life, and continuous breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods for 2 years and beyond.
As we join the rest of the world to celebrate the world breastfeeding week, here are some benefits of breastfeeding:
1. Provides Appropriate nutrition to the Child:
Breastmilk is a nearly perfect blend of vitamins, proteins, and fat needed for the growth and development of your child.
2. Easy to Digest:
Breast milk is much simpler and easier for the gut of the baby to digest. Unlike baby formular, which takes longer to digest, breast milk can easily be broken down and digested by the baby.
3. Protects Against Allergies and Eczema:
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of your child developing allergies and skin problems like eczema and rashes.
4. Protects from Infections:
Studies have shown that breastmilk contains antibodies that help the baby’s body fight against diseases and infections. It has also been proven that children who were breastfed have a stronger immune system than children fed with formular.
5. Prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):
Studies have shown that breastfeeding plays a major role in the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome.
6. Builds Brain Power:
Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores later in childhood in some studies. Breastmilk promotes sensory and cognitive development in children. So, adequate breastfeeding may affect your baby’s brain development and reduce the risk of future learning problems.
7. Improves Mother-child Bonding:
Breastfeeding involves physical closeness between the mother and child. The skin-skin touching and eye contact helps your baby bond and feel secure with you.
After delivery, it is advised that breastfeeding mothers should continue with their EVERGREEN NATAL CARE PLUS. It contains good amounts of folate which supports quality breastmilk production. Also, its blend of multivitamins and Omega 3 ensures that the mother is receiving a steady supply of vitamins and nutrients. Since women lose some amount of blood during labor, the iron content of NATAL CARE PLUS is critical to energy levels during lactation.