Benefits Of Breastfeeding For The Baby
What are the benefits of breast milk for the baby
Breast milk is the ideal and most
complete food for the baby because it contains all of the nutritive elements
essential for its growth. It is an important source of proteins,
fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals - all in the right proportion.
How does breast milk protect the baby
Breast milk strengthens the child's
immunity because it contains antibodies, special white cells and other
anti-infective factors. The protection is greatest when the baby is only
fed breast milk in the first 4-6 months of life. Cow (or buffalo)
milk and formula milk do not contain these antibodies that are so important
to the baby.
Is a breastfed baby less likely to fall sick
Yes, absolutely. Breast milk
helps to protect the baby against diarrhoea, coughs and colds, and common
illnesses. A non-breastfed baby is 15 times more likely to get diarrhoea
and 3 times more likely to get respiratory infection. Allergies are
more common in babies given animal milk (including powder milk) in the
first months of life. If your baby is sick, breast milk is ideal
because it is nutritious and can be easily digested.
Does breast milk cause fewer stomach upsets and prevent constipation
Yes. Breast milk gets digested
easily, even by the baby's delicate digestive system. This means
fewer stomach upsets, less wind and less vomiting after feeds. The
baby's stools are also soft and less smelly. In addition, the baby
rarely (or never) suffers from constipation. Even if the baby does
not have a bowel movement for a few days, when he eventually does, his
stools will always be soft (though he may still show signs of straining).
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