Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial activities for mother and baby. There is no other single action by which a mother can so dramatically impact the present and future health of her baby.
No formula can duplicate the unique properties of breastmilk, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to what is basically a chemical formulation.
Breastmilk is the one and only natural, complete and complex nutrition for human infants. Just as importantly, breastfeeding promotes an exceptional bond between mother and baby that only a mother can provide.
Advantages for the baby
- Breastmilk contains all your baby needs: proteins, fats, lactose, vitamins, iron, minerals, water and enzymes in the exact amounts required for the optimal growth and development.
- Breastfed babies are healthier. Breastmilk contains substances which prevent harmful bacteria from growing in intestines and causing gastrointestinal and diarrhoeal infections.
- Breastfed babies have fewer middle ear infections, fewer respiratory infections and a decreased risk of developing allergies, cancer, childhood diabetes and obesity.
- Breastfed babies have a decreased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Breastfeeding a premature baby decreases his risk to develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
- Breastmilk is clean, free from bacteria and has anti-infective properties.
- Breastmilk has the right temperature and needs no preparation. It is readily available whenever your baby needs it.
- Breastfed babies are less prone to develop diabetes, heart diseases, eczema, asthma and other allergic disorders later in life.
- Breastfeeding enhances brain development. Research shows there is better visual development and visual acuity in breastfed children.
- Breastfeeding is more than just food. It enhances the emotional bond between the child and the mother and provides warmth, love and affection.
Advantages for the mother
- Breastfeeding reduces post-delivery bleeding and chances of anaemia.
- Nursing the baby helps the mother regain her normal figure.
- Breastfeeding delays the return of fertility.
- Breastfeeding has a protective effect against several types of cancer such as breast cancer or ovarian cancer, and against osteoporosis.
- Breastfeeding mothers often experience an increased self confidence and a better adjustment with their babies.
- Breastmilk is readily available and saves energy, time and money.
- Breastfed babies are healthier so their mothers will have less absenteeism from their workplace.