Breastfeeding is considered crucial. Most medical experts and health care professionals recommend breastfeeding exclusively for at least six months or more, unless medical problems prevent it. The benefits of breastfeeding are many and as a mother it is said to be the best start you can give your child as it is the ideal food for them. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect the baby against chronic diseases and disorders. For health reasons and convenience, one cannot ignore the great benefits of breastfeeding for the mother.
Breastfeeding is a personal choice and one should only consult an expert for guidance when in doubt. While a mother is inundated with breastfeeding information from everywhere, a common question in her mind is how long she should continue to feed her little one, beyond the newborn stage. A page on Instagram, Freedom To Feed, is a breastfeeding and parenting initiative started by actress Neha Dhupia. The account recently shared an informative post highlighting the benefits of breastfeeding at various stages of development.
Day one: The newborn milk, also known as colostrum, is a laxative that helps remove “sticky meconium”. Colostrum protects the newborn’s sensitive gut.
month one: Nursing connects the mother and child, allowing the giver’s uterus to return to its original size. Decreases the number of hospitalizations of the baby.
month four: Lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the long-term risk of asthma. It helps reduce maternal postpartum depression (PPD)
month six: The baby’s intestines are matured for solid foods. At this stage, if breastfeeding continues, some cancer risks are reduced.
month nine: If the baby does not eat too much solid food, the breast milk will continue to provide all the nutrition.
month 12Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding for the past one year reduces a baby’s lifetime risk of heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, and chronic disease.
Month 18: Continuing to breastfeed gives the child nutritional insurance and supports the immune system
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