Breastfeeding is considered crucial. Most medical experts and healthcare professionals advise exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months or more, unless medical conditions prevent it. The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous and it is said that as a mother, it is the best start you can give your child since it provides them with the ideal nutrition. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect the baby against chronic illnesses and diseases. For health and convenience reasons, the great benefits of breastfeeding for the mother cannot be overlooked either.
Breastfeeding is a personal choice and an expert should only be consulted for guidance if in doubt. While a mother is inundated with breastfeeding information from everywhere, a common question on her mind is how long she should continue feeding her little one beyond the newborn stage. A page on Instagram, Freedom To Feed is a breastfeeding and parenting initiative launched by actress Neha Dhupia. The account recently shared an informative post that highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding at different stages of development.
Day one: Newborn milk, also known as colostrum, is a laxative that helps eliminate “sticky meconium”. Colostrum protects the newborn’s sensitive intestine.
First month: Breastfeeding binds mother and child, helping the midwife’s uterus return to its original size. Decreases the rate of hospitalization of the baby.
Fourth month: Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the long-term risk of asthma. It helps to reduce postpartum depression (PPD) of the mother
sixth month: The baby’s intestine is matured for solid foods. At this stage, if breastfeeding continues, some cancer risks are reduced.
Nine months: When the baby does not consume too many solid foods, breast milk continues to provide all the nutrition.
Month 12: Beyond one year, if breastfeeding is practiced, it reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and chronic diseases of the baby throughout his life.
18 months: Continued breastfeeding provides nutritional assurance to the child and supports the immune system
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