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Thursday, 22 August 2019 Posted under Breast Feeding

6 Nutritional Benefits of Breast feeding to the baby

Anytime is a good time to start breastfeeding your infant. Of course the sooner you start the easier it gets, and the longer you continue the longer the positive effect lasts.

Nothing but breast milk is recommended for the first 6 months of the baby’s life, after which solid food can be introduced with continued breastfeeding for at least up to 2 years of the child’s life as per WHO standards.

Listed below are 5 Benefits of Breastfeeding to the baby:
  1. Breast milk is composed of all the key nutrients for the baby’s optimum growth and development: Breast milk is the only food that the baby requires for atleast the first 6 months of life. The milk produced has all the nutrients necessary for the baby’s growth in the optimum proportions. Breast milk contains hormones which are necessary for the baby’s development.
  2. Your Breast milk is specifically designed as per the needs of your baby: Every baby is different and therefore has his/her own set of needs and requirements. The composition of breast milk keeps getting altered as the baby grows and as per his/her specific demands.
  3. Breast milk reduces the risk of infection. Breast milk contains antibodies which help babies fight off all kinds of viruses and bacteria. Exclusively breastfed babies have a considerably lower risk of contracting several infections and diseases, such as; ear, respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections, diarrhoea, and allergic diseases. They also have a reduced risk of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes as well as leukaemia.
  4. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome): Breastfed infants are said to be at a 50% reduced risk rate of SIDS for the first 2 months, and 36% reduced risk in the first year of life.
  5. Breastfeeding helps babies fight food allergies more effectively: Exclusively breastfed babies tend to fight allergies more effectively than babies fed otherwise. Breastfeeding helps the baby to become sensitized towards a particular allergen. This means that even if a particular food allergy exists in either parent, there is a good chance that the baby will not develop it. Continuing to breastfeed babies even after introducing them to solids may protect them from being allergic to certain foods.
  6. Breastfeeding supports Brain development: Several Researches indicate that breastfed infants show enhanced developments in key parts of the brain (Language, emotional function, cognition) as compared to formula fed infants.