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Breastmilk and breastfeeding: Benefits
Breastmilk and breastfeeding: Benefits

Breastmilk for babies: what the experts say

Here are some reasons why experts say that breastmilk is the natural food for your baby.

Breastmilk: designed by nature

  • Breastmilk has developed over millions of years to be exactly suited to your baby’s needs. Although baby formula manufacturers try to copy breastmilk as closely as they can, formula won’t ever be exactly the same as breastmilk.
  • Breastmilk adapts to your baby’s changing needs as they get older and have fewer feeds. It even changes during a feed – the first milk is thirst-quenching, and the last milk is rich, creamy and full of good fats.
  • The taste of breastmilk changes with whatever you’ve eaten, which means that breastfed babies are likely to accept new tastes when they start eating solids.

Breastmilk: a complete food

  • Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your baby needs for around the first six months of life. Your baby doesn’t need any water or foods other than breastmilk in these early months.
  • Breastmilk is easy to digest and is easily absorbed into your baby’s system.

Breastmilk: a basis for healthy development

  • Both colostrum and mature breastmilk contain antibodies, good bacteria and other agents that help reduce your baby’s risk of infections and conditions like gastroenteritis, respiratory tract infections, ear infections, type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes, and obesity.
  • The good fats in breastmilk are important for baby brain development.
  • Breastfeeding is important for baby eyesight, speech, jaw and mouth development.
  • Breastfed babies have a lower risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents.

 

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