BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING FOR BABIES
Breast milk contains everything your baby needs to grow and develop along with a strong immune system. It provides a unique and specific formula of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and lowers your baby’s risk of certain short-term and long-term diseases.
Let’s take a look at more benefits;
It’s easy to digest for your baby’s immature tummy and intestines
It contains antibodies that protect against infection
It has the right amount of fat, sugar, water, protein and more for your baby’s development
It promotes healthy weight gain in infants
It changes to meet your baby’s nutritional needs as he/she grows
It contains substances that naturally soothe your baby
Besides, as per various prominent studies - breastfeeding prevents your baby from the following;
Cavities and orthodontic problems
Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
WHO and UNICEF recommend:
Early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth;
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life; and
Introduction of nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Colostrum - the "pre-milk" that comes in after you deliver is chock-full of antibodies to protect your new-born baby. It's also higher in protein and lower in sugar than 'full' milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby's hunger, easily.
Secondly, while your breast milk morphs to meet your baby's changing needs, formula isn't able to change its constitution neither comes along with multiple benefits. Therefore, it is strongly advisable to breastfeed!