Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week
Breast milk is the perfect food for babies. Breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life and beyond with the addition of complementary solid foods starting at six months of age.
Not only does breast milk have the right nutritional balance for your baby, but it also contains growth factors, antibodies, and other mechanisms that protect your baby against infections and other diseases throughout his lifetime.
We know that breastfed babies have fewer illnesses, infections, allergies, and a lower risk of obesity in their life compared with those who are formula fed. Breastfeeding is convenient and free, and also bonds mothers and babies in a unique way that meets their needs and builds a strong relationship of trust.
Human breast milk is recommended as the best milk for all babies — all babies should be breastfed.
“ … exclusive breastfeeding for six months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter, infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond.”
[World Health Organization, 2001. Global Strategies for Infant and Young Child Feeding. Resolution passes at Fifty-fourth World Health Assembly, May 9, 2001]
Find all the information you need about:
– When and how long to feed
– Latching on
– Correct latching
– Breastfeeding positions
– Breastfeeding in special situations
– Knowing when your baby is getting enough milk
– Growth spurts
– Additional vitamins for baby
– Supplementing with formula
– Taking medications while breastfeeding
– Breast pumping