Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for newborns up to 6 months of age.
Breast Milk goodness for your baby
– Provides all nutrients in the right composition and balance to promote optimal growth and development
– Easy to digest and absorb by their immature digestive tracts
– Contains Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Arachidonic Acid (AA) for superior brain and baby development
– Contains antibodies, prebiotics, growth factors and enzymes that build a strong immune system
– Reduce common allergies and protects against asthma
– No hassle in sterilizing milk bottles
– Cost savings – spend lesser on milk powder
– Slim down – burn calories and gets you back in shape
– Developing a strong emotional bond with your baby
– Reduced risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers
– Helps shrink the uterus and gets it back to pre-pregnancy size and position
Breastfed babies also:
– Learn and develop better control of their milk intake
– Exposed to a variety of tastes from their mum’s breast milk and are thus more likely to accept various new food
– Adjust their metabolism and hormones to influence their fat storage
You are what you eat! Eat healthily for successful breastfeeding!
So, eat a nutritious diet while breastfeeding to help you:
– Obtain all essential nutrients to stay healthy
– Produce generous supplies of high quality milk for your baby
– Regain a healthy weight safely
1) To support brain and eye development
Omega 3 fatty acids
1) DHA (200mg/day)
2) AA (1300mg/day)
2) To support overall growth and development
1) Protein (67g/day)
2) Calcium (1000mg/day)
3) Folic Acid (400mcg/day)
4) Iron (19mg/day)
5) Zinc (12mg/day)
3) For better gut function
Keep your baby’s well-being in mind.
– Avoid Alcohol
– Stop Smoking
– Reduce Caffeine
– Check Medications
Breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant needs in the first six months of life. It protects against common childhood diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, and may also have longer-term benefits such as lowering mean blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing the prevalence of obesity and type-2 diabetes.
Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.
Exclusive breastfeeding means that the infant receives only breast milk. No other liquids or solids are given – not even water – with the exception of oral rehydration solution, or drops/syrups of vitamins, minerals or medicines.
WHO recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods, while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or more.