6 importance of breastfeeding a baby that you shouldn't ignore

6 importance of breastfeeding a baby that you shouldn't ignore.

 Breastfeeding is the feeding of baby and children with milk through the use of the breast. Breastfeeding is an invaluable process of nursing a baby. Breastfeeding is very important for healthy growth of babies.

Breastfeeding a baby

Health experts advice that breastfeeding a baby should start within the first hours of the babies life and should continue as long as six months, without any interruption. This process is termed: Exclusive Breastfeeding.

Exclusive breastfeeding is important because breast milk contains everything the baby needs for the first six months of life, in all the right proportions. Breastfeeding has a lot of benefit to both the baby and the mother.

According to the world health organization (WHO) and other reputable health organizations, baby should be exclusively breastfed, i.e. with no addition of other food or drinks (not even water) for about six months. After six months, the baby can be fed on other food and drink varieties. It is also advisable to continuously feed the baby on breast milk for a year and more, but not exclusively.

COLOSTRUM


Colostrum is the first milk that comes out of a mothers breast immediately after a baby is given birth to. It contains very high protein and low in sugar.

NUTRIENTS IN BREAST MILK


Breast milk contains many vitamins essential for the flawless upbringing of a child. It's almost impossible to get these nutrients for a baby without exclusive breastfeeding. The nutrients are outlined below
 - Vitamin A: is necessary for healthy sight. Babies that feed on other food apart from breast may lack vitamin A , but breastfeeding children will not.
 - Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps to build strong bones and teeth. The vitamin D from the body of the mother is very important because the babies need it alot.
 - Vitamin E: Enough of vitamin E in the body is essential because it work is to protect the cell membrane of the eyes.
 - Vitamin C: it helps the immune system of the child, thereby protecting against diseases and reducing mortality rate
 - Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is required for healthy brain development.
 Other vitamin include: Vitamin B12 and vitamin K

 Importance of breastfeeding a baby 


Breastfeeding a baby has many importance on both the the child and the mother. Deprivation of exclusive breastfeeding may have adverse effects to the child, while access can be advantageous. The advantages include

 To baby


 - Rampant death of children under the age of five will be reduce if babies are well breastfeed
 - Proper breastfeeding of babies prevent diarrhea and respiratory tract infection - It prevent asthma
 - Breastfeeding require no preparation, sterilization, etc.
 - Breastfeeding reduce some infection like celiac, diabetes etc. in the baby.
 - Breastfeeding helps prevent childhood obesity.
 - Breastfeeding affect the child's brain positively.

To mother:


 - Reduce rate of breast Cancer
 - Breastfeeding is less expensive than buying baby feed and requires no preparations
 - Breastfeeding may help some mother's to loss weight
 - Breastfeeding may also prevent menstruation pains in some mother.
-  Breastfeeding is also very important because it has a lot of effect on the child's growth.

Adequate breastfeeding is quite advantageous to both mother and baby. However, depriving a child of breast milk could have adverse effects on not only the child, but also the mother.

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