Most mothers, at one point in life, would experience this dilemma – deciding either to breastfeed or to use infant formula for their babies. Some refuse to breastfeed, as it is a hassle, thus forcing them to use formula instead. Nonetheless, let me remind women who are pregnant and in the postnatal stage the benefits of breastfeeding.
TO THE BABY:
1. Protects your baby from infection. By breastfeeding the mother’s antibodies are passed on to the baby. Antibodies help fight virus and bacteria. They protect the baby from illness such as asthma, diarrhoea, vomiting, leukaemia, ear infection and other ailments.
2. Breast milk helps in digestion and causes no abdominal colic.
3. It is ideal nutrition, as it a complete food in itself. Breast milk contains carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins plus nutrition that are required for the baby’s growth.
4. Babies will gain accordingly. They take the amount that is required. Once full, they will refuse to take any more.
5. Higher scores in later life. According to research findings, breastfed babies perform much better in schools.
TO THE MOTHER:
1. Increases bonding between mother and child.
2. Prevents bleeding in the uterus during the beginning of the postpartum stage.
3. Burns stored-up fats gained during pregnancy. Helps in weight reduction.
4. Helps prevent breast and ovarian cancer.
5. Prevents new pregnancy.
TO THE FATHER:
Do you know how much money you can save from breastfeeding?
Fabin Nagapushnam is a certified breastfeeding counsellor, staff midwife and staff nurse with 30 years of experience. For a free consultation, call: 016 797 8248. For more information on breastfeeding, visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Breastfedbabies-1372215819560201/?ref=br_rs