Saturday, August 28, 2010

Why breastfeeding is best for babies

As a mum, I am proud to have breast feed my baby, so I would also like to share these important reasons why every mother should breast feed their little one. These were actually explained to me by my baby’s health visitor during her first visit in our house. So here are those few good reasons:

• Breast milk is the only food that is naturally designed for your baby, so it contains all the nutrients your baby needs in the right amount and in the forms that are very easily absorbed and its composition changes as your baby grows.

• It contains growth factors and hormones to assist your baby’s development.

• Since your baby’s immune system is not fully developed at birth, you can help protect your baby from infection because your antibodies will be passed to your baby through your milk.

• As your baby continue to receive antibodies, he or she is much likely to get infections such as coughs, colds, and chest infections. Also your baby is likely to get allergies like eczema, for example.

• Breast feed babies are likely to get tummy upsets or to be constipated.

• It could lower the risk of juvenile diabetes, better dental health, and you baby is likely to become obese in later childhood.

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