Choosing whether to breastfeed or formula feed is one of the biggest decisions that new parents have to make. By now, you must have heard a lot about the importance of breastmilk from your family members and friends. Yes, it is true that nothing can replace the vitamins and nutrients which breastmilk contains. You should exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first six months. Beyond that, breastfeeding is encouraged until at least 12 months, and long if you and your baby are willing.
Breast milk provides a lot of benefits to your child but what makes breast milk the best food for your baby? Here are the top reasons:
-It helps your baby to grow and develop as it contains the right amount of fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, protein and minerals.
-The first milk, which is known as Colostrum gives early protection to your baby.
-It is easy to digest and the best source of natural antibodies that protect your baby from a range of illness and infections like ear and respiratory infections, by strengthening its immunity.
-It is safe, fresh, free of cost and always available for your baby when your baby needs it. No matter whether you are travelling or out for shopping with your baby, you can always breastfeed your baby without any mess.
Breastfeeding helps boost your child’s cognitive development
Nursing is beneficial for you too as it helps shrink the uterus and lower the risk of osteoporosis, ovarian cancer, diabetes, breast cancer, and other heart diseases.
Breastfeeding is the best choice as it helps to protect your baby from a long list of illnesses like: -Allergies -Asthma -Diabetes -Obesity -Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Last but not the least, breastfeeding helps you to create a special bonding with your child as it releases the ‘love’ hormone.
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