Advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and Baby

Advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and Baby

Posted on 4 September, 2017      45 Views

Baby feeding has been the most trending talks of nursing mothers. When it comes to feeding your baby, variety is the spice of life. Research shows that the more fruits and vegetables a baby eats before age one, the more likely she is to eat a variety of products by the time she’s six. Before the newly born baby reaches one year of age, there are foods that have been given and the primary food is breast milk. Virtually all children benefit from breastfeeding, regardless of where they live. Breastmilk has all the nutrients babies need to stay healthy and grow. How you feed your baby will be one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. In this article, we’ll discuss briefly the advantages of breastfeeding as a primary baby feed.

Advantages of breastfeeding:
Breastmilk is a living, dynamic substance that changes hour to hour and day to day to meet the needs of your baby. Breast milk is always fresh and ready and is more easily digested by babies. Breastfeeding promotes bonding and closeness of mom and baby. It helps both the mom and the baby.
Breastfeeding will help protect mothers from:
Breast and ovarian cancer
Excessive bleeding after birth.

Infant formula is not equal to or the same as breastmilk. Formula does not change to meet your baby’s growing needs. Babies may experience health problems or illness due to formula feeding.
Breastmilk will help protect your baby from:
Ear, chest and stomach infections
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Coughs and colds
Some childhood cancers
Diabetes, Cohn’s disease, and Celiac disease.

Basically, there are things to understand about baby feeding: For the first six months exclusively breastfeed your baby {no other food, liquid or milk, not even sips of water}. When your baby reaches six months, continue breastfeeding on demand both day and night. Breast milk continues to be an important part of the diet until the baby is at least two years. When feeding a baby between six and twelve months old, always give breast milk first before giving other foods.
After 6 months of age, children should receive vitamin A supplements twice a year. You can consult your health care provider for details on that.

When your baby first starts to eat:
Give your baby one or tablespoons of soft food three times each day. Gradually increase the frequency, amount, thickness, and variety of food. It is highly recommended that the baby’s porridge and mashed foods is enriched with breast milk, mashed groundnuts, fruits and vegetables, and start animal source foods as early and as often as possible. Infants only need a very small amount of oil (no more than one half (1/2) teaspoon per day.

Feed more as the baby grows:

Begin to feed the at six months and the type of are food Soft porridge, well mashed food
How often: Two to three times each day
How much: Two to three tablespoons at each meal

From six up to nine months
The Type of food:
Mashed food
How often: Two to three times each day and one to two snacks
How much:
Two to three tablespoons up to one-half (1/2) cup at each meal

From nine up to twelve months
Type of food:
Finely chopped or mashed food and foods that baby can pick up with his or her fingers
How often:
Three to four times each day and one to two snacks
How much:
At least one half (1/2) cup at each meal

From twelve up to twenty-four months
Type of food:
Family foods, chopped or mashed if necessary
How often:
Three to four times each day and one to two snacks
How much:
Three-quarters (3/4) up to 1 full cup at each meal