Breast feeding, right from birth provides the best choice and is the perfect food for all babies containing all a baby needs for at least the first six months of life.
In order for a mother to support breast feeding she needs to be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for her baby and herself. Mothers need a healthy diet to meet her increased nutritional needs. Parents also need to be aware that partial bottle feeding may adversely affect breast feeding.
Parents should always consider the social and financial implications before selecting a method of baby feeding.
Breast feeding provides the right amount of nutrients needed for baby’s healthy growth particularly in the first six months.
Frequent breast feeding will provide nipple stimulation and help to increase mother’s milk supply to meet the needs of her growing baby.
Breast feeding transfers antibodies and other protective factors that help protect baby against common infections.
Breast feeding will help a mother’s womb return to normal size and assist in using up the extra fat stored in preparation for making breast milk.