Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Breastfeeding: Baby's First Food

Research proves that babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months grow well and healthy.
Breastmilk protects babies from bacteria and viruses that they come in contact with during theirs fist few months of life.

 Colostrum is the liquid that is produced before the real milk. Colostrum is thick, sticky, and clear to yellowish in colour. It contributes to the babies health that no artificial formula can.

- It contains more protein and vitamin A than mature breastmilk
- It is a laxative, to help baby pass meconium. This can help prevent jaundice.
- It is bay's first immunization against many bacteria and viruses

Mature breastmilk
 Mature milk kicks in 3 or 4 days after birth. It is greater in volume and appear thinner and lighter in colour, compared to colostrum. Breastmilk has the perfect blend of nutrients to meet every baby's nutritional needs.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

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What happens to babies who did not get ANY Breastmilk (BM) at all?

1. Formula Milk (FM) babies are 2X more likely to die from ANY cause in the first 6 months of life.
2. FM babies are 2-5 times more likely to die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
3. FM babies 5X more like to suffer from gastroenteritis.
4. FM babies suffer more from diarrhea compared to BM babies
5. FM babies are 6-10 times more likely to suffer from intestinal infection
6. FM babies 2X more likely to suffer from type 1 diabetes

Later in life, FM babies are more prone to chronic diseases compared to BM babies.
Source: www.theecologist.org

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