Why breastfeeding?          

 Breast milk is the best nutrition you can offer your newborn. Breastfeeding offers tremendous health benefits to both mother and child. It is specially designed to cater for all your child’s nutritional needs in the first six months of life. For maximum benefits, breastfeeding should be initiated soon after the birth of your child and should be maintained exclusively for six months, until weaning is initiated.

Advantages of breastfeeding for the baby

·         Superior nutrition.

·         There is an increased resistance to infections, and therefore fewer incidents of illness and hospitalisation.

·         Decreased risk of allergies and lactose intolerance.

·         Baby experiences less nappy rash and thrush.

·         Baby experiences fewer stomach upsets and constipation.

·         Breastfeeding promotes the proper development of baby’s jaw and teeth.

·         Breastfed infants tend to have higher IQs due to good brain development early in life.

·         Breastfeeding promotes mother-baby bonding.

·         In the long term, breastfed babies have a decreased risk of malnutrition, obesity and heart disease compared to formula fed babies.

Advantages of breastfeeding for the mother

·         The baby's sucking causes a mothers uterus to contract and reduces the flow of blood after delivery.

·         During lactation, menstruation ceases, offering a form of contraception.

·         Mothers who breastfeed tend to lose weight and achieve their pre-pregnancy figure more easily than mothers who bottle feed.

·         Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer later in life.

·         Breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding.

·         There are less trips to the doctor and less money is spent on medications.

·         Breastfeeding promotes mother-baby bonding.

·         Hormones released during breast-feeding create feelings of warmth and calm in the mother.


Give up formula feeding, adopt breastfeeding

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