Friday, July 12, 2013

The 7 Wonders of Breastfeeding

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WHO (World Health Organization) strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, other foods should complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. In addition:
  • breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth;
  • breastfeeding should be "on demand", as often as the child wants day and night; and
  • bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.
Even my baby's Pediatrician and some Hospitals here in Davao City, promotes and recommends us to breastfeed our babies, because of the benefits you and your baby can get. I'd like to share with you the 7 Wonders of Breastfeeding:
  • Antibodies – Protect your baby against infections. Antibodies along with other infection-fighting cells found in breast milk, are continually transferred from you to your baby for as long as you breastfeed.
  • Bonding – Cultivates a strong emotional bond between mother and baby.
  • Convenience – No hassle of milk preparation and bottle sterilization.
  • Digestible – All its nutrients are easily digested by the newborn’s immature digestive system.
  • Enhanced well being – Breastfed babies have fewer allergies later in life. Breastfed babies often have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, as well as lower rates of overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes.
  • Free – It’s nature’s gift to your baby.
  • Get in shape fast – it uses more calories and your womb shrinks faster. Did you know that you burn up to an extra 500 calories per day while Breastfeeding?
Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. Breastfeeding also benefits the mothers who breastfed as it reduces the risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity.

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