Breastfeeding has always been considered as the most important thing post delivery. Each mother advises and prepares their daughter in advance on how to breastfeed her newly born baby properly. Since time immemorial, each mother has recognized the value of breastfeeding their child and this loving act strengthens the mother-child relationship. But due to the fast paced lifestyles, breastfeeding is fading away, and has put many serious complications on the newly born. August 1-7 is the World Breastfeeding Week, so let us have a look at the importance of Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding your baby in the first 2 years is said to increase the baby’s immunity, reduce allergic tendencies, and form the basic nutrition in the baby. The breast milk that is produced naturally in the mothers body post delivery is high in vitamins and minerals that provide nourishment to the baby.
Breast milk can be regarded as the baby’s first natural vaccination: as it guards the baby from diseases. It contains immune molecules that protect the baby from germs. While your child’s immune system develops with age, breast milk will keep the diseases at bay.
Breastfeeding guarantees regular supply of food that the baby needs at short intervals. Breast milk is produced at regular intervals in the mother’s breast too, to ensure that the baby is fed well.
Breastfeeding makes the mother healthier. Since breast milk is produced naturally in the mother’s body post delivery, it is best to let the baby milk flow and not to stop it by medications. Breastfeeding helps reduce the extra post-pregnancy weight gained by mothers.
Breast milk could save the child’s life. A recent report by UNICEF clearly said that nearly 8 lac babies could be saved each year if they are breastfed from birth till the age of 6 months.
After reading this, will you encourage your friend, sister, neighbour or any new mother to Breastfeed their child? Celebrate Breastfeeding Week by holding talks, discussions in your family, friends, gatherings and among colleagues to ensure better mother and child health. Who knows you could save a baby’s life by this?