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American Journal of Food Science and Health, Vol.3, No.5, Oct. 2017, Pub. Date: Aug. 28, 2017
Breastfeeding Benefit from Mom Gives the Gift of a Lifetime to the Baby for Healthy Future
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[01] Jaweria Nadeem, Nishter Medical College, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.
[02] Ayesha Nadeem, Nishter Medical College, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.
[03] Muhammad Haroon Sarwar, Punjab Medical College (P. M. C.), Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
[04] Muhammad Sarwar, National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
The aim of this article is to be aware the benefits of breastfeeding from mom to the baby of an expectant parent or as a new parent. Breastmilk or human milk is the natural source of nutrition and growth for all infants. The value of breastfeeding and breastmilk for infants has been long recognized as; it is the perfect food for baby; available wherever and whenever baby needs; always at the right temperature, clean and free; no bottles to clean; and has no waste; so it is good for the environment. Breastfeeding reduces child’s mortality and has health benefits that extend into adulthood. On a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for at least first six months of life is the recommended way of feeding to infants, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to two years or beyond. Breastmilk is the natural first food for babies, it provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and this continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients the baby needs, breastmilk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect baby from illness. Studies are finding new benefits of breastfeeding by showing that babies who are breastfed are less likely to have fevers after their immunizations than babies who are formula fed. It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions; protects against allergies, sickness, obesity, diseases like diabetes and cancer, infections like ear infections; is easily digested with no constipation, diarrhoea or upset of stomach; babies have healthier weights as they grow; and breastfed babies score higher on intelligence quotient (IQ) tests. As a result, giving nothing but breastmilk is recommended for about the first six months (26 weeks) of baby's life. After that, giving of breastmilk to baby alongside family foods as long as mom and baby want will help them to grow and develop more healthily. It defends them from contaminations and there is some evidence that it helps them to digest solid foods, and it also continues to provide the balance of nutrients they need.
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