Today marks day two of World Breastfeeding Week, a global seven day effort to encourage mothers to breastfeed.
This week is an annual celebration which is always in the first week of August in more than 120 countries with Uganda inclusive.
As per the health tips from the Ministry of Health: For a healthy baby, breastfeed exclusively for six months and more.
This practice comes with lots of benefits for both the mother and the child.
Benefits of breast milk to the baby
First and foremost, breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants.
It has the perfect mix of nutrients required by the baby for the first six months ranging from vitamins, proteins down to fat.
Secondly breast milk is much easier for a baby to digest.
Breast milk also contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
This helps to keep the baby free from some diseases like asthma or allergies, ear infections, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea hence are bound to visit the doctor’s room less.
Additionally, the physical closeness in the aspect of skin and eye contact help your baby bond with you and feel secure.
Breastfeeding also apparently prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome since it sustains the child’s health and keeps body in its proper functioning.
Well breastfed children also have higher IQ scores in their lives later on.
However, breastfeeding entails benefits for the mother too.
Breastfeeding burns extra calories thus helps one lose weight much faster. This is definitely a positive and exciting benefit for any mother.
In addition it releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size which may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
Furthermore, breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and lowers risk of osteoporosis.
This practice is bound to save you a lot of time and money yet still five you ample time to relax quietly with your new born as you bond.