Importance of Breastfeeding to the mother and child-Breast feeding is the feeding of infants or young children with breast milk from the female breasts. It could be exclusive breastfeeding, which is feeding of the infants with only breast milk for six (6) months without adding any fluid, juice or water. It could also be partial breastfeeding, which is feeding with breast milk as well as other infant formulas.
Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Making a decision to breastfeed is a personal issue, as many medical authorities including the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend breastfeeding.
Importance of Breast feeding to the child
- It digests easily than other forms of infant feeding
- Breast milk contains antibodies which help the baby’s body fight off viruses and bacteria
- It contains vitamins, protein, and fat which the infant’s body needs for normal growth
- It lowers the risk of having asthma or other allergies
- Babys who are fed for six (6) months with only breast milk without any other formular
- have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness, as well as fewer hospitalization and trips to the doctor.
- Breastfeeding has been linked to higher intelligent quotient (IQ) scores in later childhood.
- It helps to create bond between mother and child through physical closeness and eye to eye contact with the baby.
- Breast milk plays a role in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as well as a lower risk of diabetes and obesity
Importance of Breastfeeding to the mother
- It helps mothers burn excess calories so that it can help them lose pregnancy weight faster.
- It also stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin which helps the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size, as well as reducing uterine bleeding after birth.
- Breastfeeding also lowers the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers and osteoporosis too.
- it is cheap because mothers don’t buy breast milk from the market
- It gives the lactating mother time to relax with their newborn and bond as well.
- It reduces the mother’s stress level and the risk of postpartum depression
- It makes the mother have maternal fulfillment seeing the baby grow as she is breastfeeding the child.
The importance of Breastfeeding to the mother and child cannot be overemphasized, as it is the best form of infant feeding any well-meaning lactating mother can adopt, to ensure the total well being of the baby and enhance growth.
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