Breastfeeding for 6 months and the benefits
Studies show that new-born babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months if you want them to benefit from Mother Nature. Breast milk contains protein, fat, carbohydrates and protein that help the baby develop physically and physiologically. It develops the baby’s immunity to diseases and helps them remain healthy. Breast milk meets the nutritional needs of the baby. Thus, you need not give them other foods including water.
Other than taking care of their nutritional needs, studies show that children who are exclusively breastfed for six months suffer least from diarrheal illness. Also, breastfeeding decreases pneumonia by one third. Infants who are not breast are six to 10 times not likely to survive while formula-fed infants are at a higher risk of developing long-term diseases such as celiac diseases, type1 diabetes, childhood leukemia and ulcerative colitis. Also, studies show that children who are not exclusively breastfed are likely to suffer from high blood pressure, obesity and heart diseases. Also, children who are formula fed have been found to have a cognitive score that is three times lower than their counterparts who were exclusively breastfed for six months.
With all that said, make sure to talk with you doctor if you can not or choose not to breastfeed to make sure your little one is getting the nutrients they need.
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