Exclusive Breast Feeding until 6 months of age for adequate growth and Development of our baby.

Only mother’s breast milk, not even 1 drop of water is needed till initial 6 months of age.

This is called exclusive breast feeding. You heard the truth, not a single drop of water. Adequate amount of breast milk is sufficient to ensure optimum growth and development. Immediately after delivery, yellowish and sticky milk comes out from mom’s breast. It is colostrum. First perfect food for our babies. From the later part of the pregnancy and till 5 days after delivery colostrum is secreted. Colostrum contains much more immunoglobulin, lactoferrin and white blood cells. And also contains less fat than mature human milk and lactulose.  Good quantity of vitamin A, sodium and zinc. Immunoglobulin is a class of protein. They are the cells of immune system and acts as antibodies. Thus protect your baby and helps their immune system to fight against infection. And mature human milk is a bit different from colostrum. The differences are:

  • Colostrum contains more proteins and vitamins than mature human milk.
  • Different composition with higher calories to meet up the requirement of the growing baby.
  • Acts a laxative and helps baby to pass meconium (early stool that newborn baby passes). Therefore helps to prevent neonatal jaundice.
  • Colostrum is the first immunization against many bacteria and viruses.
  • Immunoglobulins in colostrum provide anti-infective protection to the baby.

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What are the importance of breast feeding?

Mother’s milk is priceless. We can’t buy it with money or with anything. Whatever i write here, will not be sufficient to describe the benefits and importance of Mom’s precious milk. It provides benefits to baby, to mom herself and even to society.

Benefits to Baby:

  • Complete food that contains all of the necessary food elements for living.
  • Protects against many viruses and bacteria and provide immunity.
  • Easily digested, well absorbed and promotes emotional bonding.
  • Better brain growth and intelligence.
  • Lower incidence of childhood cancer
  • Mother’s milk is species specific. Means human’s milk for new born human baby, cow’s milk for baby cow, dog’s milk for puppy.

Benefits To Mom:

  • Helps in involution of uterus means reducing the size of uterus to per-pregnant state
  • Works as natural contraceptive thereby delays successive pregnancy
  • Reduce the chances of breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Reduces workloads of mother and money also.exclusive breast feeding only

There are various wrong conceptions are present in our society. Due to illiteracy, lack of proper knowledge and superstitions play vital role, even in this modern age. Lot of people still do not know the importance  of exclusive breast feeding. Besides, some relatives mainly those who are aged, even do not support breast feeding. They serve Honey, water, mustard oil and expose the infant to higher risk of infections and malnutrition.

Now we will know the disadvantages of artificial foods in spite of breast feeding before 6months of ages.

  • Inadequate supply with inappropriate proportion of protein, fat, carbohydrate and other food elements.
  • Artificial foods promote infection
  • Most of the time the neonate suffers from tetany, eczema and allergic reactions.
  • Electrolytes imbalance, obesity and ultimately malnutrition.

You already have understand the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. Read the article to understand how to feed well by proper positioning and good attachment of your baby to your body.

 

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