Why to breastfeed for 6 months

Why to breastfeed for 6 months

For your infant to grow and develop, they needs to be fed the right nutrients. Unfortunately, the new-born babies are too young to feed on solid foods that can guarantee them all the nutrients. Also, the baby’s digestion system has not fully developed and may not be able to extract the nutrients from other types of foods other than the mother’s milk. As a new mother, you don’t need to worry yourself about this. Your milk contains all the nutrients that the baby needs to develop and grow due to the rich antibodies and nutrients.

 It is recommended that you exclusively breastfeed your baby to help strengthen their immune system and combat any life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, infections and others. The latest studies show that children that are not exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months of their life are at higher risk of dying from pneumonia than new-borns that are breastfed. Ensuring that your newborn baby is fed on colostrum- the yellowish sticky milk that comes out of your breast immediately after the child is born is recommended. Ensure that the baby is given this milk within the first few hours of their life to increase the chances of survival. In fact, any baby who is given this milk has three times the chances of surviving compared to those who miss out on this milk.

Note that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended right from birth up to the age of six months. After six months, you may introduce other foods, but you should continue breastfeeding the baby until after they celebrate their second birthday.

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