Giving nothing but breast milk is recommended for about the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby’s life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside family foods for as long as you and your baby want will help them grow and develop healthily.
Breast milk gives infants what they need nutritional, and also, promotes a healthy gut, brain development, and immune system.
Breast milk has the perfect proportion of proteins,corbohydrates and fats which helps babies energy and nutritional needs
If has proteins, that are naturally gentle and easy to digest
Breastfeeding helps in preventing of some allergies.
A baby that born prematurely will receive different types of breast milk than a baby born at full term. Breast milk is constantly changing according to the needs of the baby. Babies will receive what they need with the breast milk when they need it, depending on their nutritional needs and developmental progress.
Colostrum is the first milk that comes in. Starts to be produced before the baby is born. Some women may express colostrum. It is not produced in large volume at one time.
New born infant’s stomach is about the size of marble when they are born. New born’s do not need a lot of food at one time. Colostrum provides just the amount that they need, packed full of nutrients.
By the day three, the child’s stomach grows to about the size of a fist, and that is when the mature milk begin to transition in. Brest milk aids in digestion for babies and it is easy to digest because it contains whey proteins.
Breast milk also has laxative qualities. It is naturally digestive, but also helps to expel new born meconium.
Developmentally, breast milk gives babies nutrients what they need as they are growing. It helps in the development of brain, heart and central nervous system.
– Lactose is essential for energy and brain development
– Fats in breast milk are needed for growth and retinal formation
– antioxidants helps support the immune system
– Boosting Gastrointestinal Immunity: Breast milk protects the baby from gastrointestinal diseases
Benefits of breastfeeding for Mothers
It helps new mothers forget the agony they went through at lobour and just enjoy the baby
Breastfeed mothers recovered from the childbirth more easily and quickly
Helps to loose pregnancy weight faster as breastfeeding burns extra calories.
Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.