Studies show breastfeeding has long-term benefits for you and your baby. Breast milk contains antibodies, hormones and stem cells, it has all the nutrients your baby need for healthy development and offers protection. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.
Deciding to breastfeed and for how long is a personal decision, although it is recommended that you give nothing but breast milk for the first six months and then continue for a year with introduction of solid. Breast milk adapts as your baby grows to meet your baby’s changing needs.
Lets Explore Some of The Benefits
- Your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby.
- Breastfeeding can help lower the risk of your baby getting infections and diseases.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
- Breastfeeding your baby lower risk of ear, respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections and diarrhoea.
- Breastfeeding can build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
- Breastfeeding reduces your risk of ovarian or breast cancer.
- Breastfeeding helps your uterus return to its normal size.
- Breast milk promotes healthy weight gain, reduces your baby’s risk of obesity.
- Breastmilk reduce the chance of childhood leukaemia.
- Breast milk is free and readily available.
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