Health benefits of breast feeding are numerous, breastmilk is the best and most economical food for your baby. it provides the best nutrition and protection from illness for your baby.
For most infants, breastmilk is all that is needed for the first 6months.
Mothers should continue to breastfeed after 6months and in continuation with breastfeeding give complimentary food such as food from local family diet.
Frequent breastfeeding is the best way to establish and maintain a good milk supply.
A well balanced diet, both during pregnancy and after delivery, also helps sustain an adequate supply of breast milk.
Reasons why breastfeeding is best for your baby:
It is the most nutritional sound food you can provide to your baby
it is easier for your baby’s little stomach to digest
It helps strengthen your baby’s natural defenses e.g immunity, antigenes, and antibodies.
It contributes to protect your baby from diseases.
It helps your baby’s cognitive development.
It helps your baby grow healthy, smart and sharp.
It helps in intellectual development of your baby.
Reasons breastfeeding is best for mothers:
Breastfeeding helps you burn extra calories and lose weight
It partly helps in better child spacing
It helps reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancers as well as osteoporosis
It is incomparably practical, and a unique, irreplaceable bonding experience with your baby
It saves money for the family, in the sense that it reduces cost of purchasing expensive baby foods.