Importance of Breast Feeding

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Breast milk is the milk produced by a lactating female. Breastfeeding should commence as soon as possible after giving birth and every 1 to 3 hours per 24 hours (8-12 times per 24 hours). Babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months and continued with weaning until 12 months and further on, depending on the situation of the mother and child.

Importance of Breast Feeding

The first and the foremost 100% pointer that goes in the favor of breast milk is that it creates a special bonding experience between the mother and child, which is unparalleled, and it provides a special nutrition to the infant.

Breast milk is a complete food for the infant. The nutritional profile of breast milk in terms of calories, vitamins, and minerals is the BEST for the infant as it has the perfect proportion of them all. From antibodies which protect an infant at birth, to the exclusive nutrients in mothers’ milk which prevent a number of childhood diseases, the benefits of breastfeeding are incalculable.

The uniqueness and precious nature of breast milk is enhanced by the fact that it is an asset given by nature and has no price. There is no need to worry about infection or temperature or freshness.

Young mothers often misled to believe that infant feeding formula does very well as a replacement for breast milk. However, nothing can duplicate the properties of breast milk, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and other supplements are added to what is basically a chemical formulation.

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Esau04

Breast milk contains all the water and nutrients that an infant needs to satisfy hunger, thirst, and growth.

fionalangsharpe

Wow can't believe you would allow a formula add to run with this article. Constantly undermining women with adds like these decreases the rates of breastfeeding. Increases the health risks to our children. Please reconsider your advertising. Thank you

breast milk is always ready at all time for the baby, it does not take time for it to be prepared,it does not have a money value,available always at the right temperature not too hot or not too cold,free from microbes,

s_mayur

please let me know what is the normal time taken for the milk to come into the breast after delivery. rgds Mayur Deshmukh mayurgdeshmukh@rediffmail.com

only????? is it related to genes? if non brothers feed from the same mother does this affect their biological cells or genes?

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