Breastmilk is the only source of nutrients babies need till they are ready to be introduced to solids.
When a mother consumes food during pregnancy and the baby absorbs the essential vitamins and minerals that the mother is acquiring, the baby grows and functions regularly before and after birth.
Once the baby is born and the umbilical is cut, the baby does not have the nutrient supply that they were having when inside their mother’s womb. Due to them needing a new source to absorb nutrients, it is important to provide that to the baby however possible – breastmilk or formula.
Breastmilk provides optimal nutrients for babies as it contains everything that a baby needs for the first six months of life. However, the mother still needs to ensure she is eating and drinking plenty of healthy requirements to meet the needs of her child, as well as the needs of her own health and wellbeing.
- Breastmilk contains its own antibodies that the baby acquires when they ingest the milk, it aids in fighting off bacteria and viruses for the baby.
- A mother’s milk gives the baby a higher chance of avoiding asthma and particular allergies.
- Breastfeeding benefits the mother also, it burns off extra calories to maintain milk supply.
- Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of diseases i.e. middle ear infections, gut infections, and allergic diseases like asthma.
- Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby.
Of course breastfeeding isn’t always possible, and as mothers we do our best to nourish our babies anyway we can. Sometimes that means having to opt for other alternatives e.g. exclusively pumping, accepting donor breastmilk, and even formula. What’s important is that the baby gets the nutrients required to grow and thrive, and you’re doing what is right for you and your baby.
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post is general and is not a substitute for professional or medical advice.