The first touch of our newborn is one of the most precious moments of our life. The moment they are born, they bring the thrill of amazement. And with the baby, a mother is born too. There's nothing more important for the mother than her child's health. She makes sure that her baby is getting all the nourishment required for her growth.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to strengthen your connection with your child. It is the best nutrition you can offer your new-born. Breast milk is the perfect food that cannot be duplicated. I was sure that I wanted to go for exclusive breastfeeding for my girls for at least 6 months. With my husband and my mother-in-law’s support and encouragement, I managed to do so. Both my girls were on exclusive breastfeed for 6 months without any additional food or drink, not even water.
After the birth of both my daughters, I was advised by many people to start giving the babies water or some semi-solid food after 3-4 months. People shared their personal examples and often made me feel guilty of not giving them water. But I was sure, what I wanted. So, I stuck to my exclusive breastfeeding. I knew what and how I needed to feed my babies. I quit my job, after both my childbirths, so that I am under no pressure to go back to work and am able to stick to an exclusive breastfeeding schedule. I am sure, all moms want the best for their kids and they know how to do it. For babies who are exclusively breast-fed, waiting until age 6 months before introducing solid food can help ensure that they get the full health benefits of breast-feeding.
Mother's milk is tailor-made for a baby. In fact, it actually matches 50% of your baby's genetic material. Here is how does breastmilk milk helps babies:
- It is naturally and uniquely produced—by each mother for her own baby. So your baby is less likely to be exposed to foreign allergenic material.
- It contains antibodies and other immune factors that help prevent illness.
- Breastmilk has the right amount and quality of nutrients to meet your baby’s first food needs.
- It is easy on a baby’s digestive system, so there is less chance of constipation or diarrhoea
- Babies have healthier weights as they grow
- Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests
While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby. So, for all new moms and expecting moms reading this, with my personal experience after having 2 daughters, I would request you to try your best and stick to 6 months exclusive breastfeeding. It offers your baby the best start. It’s not always easy, problems are common, so don’t hesitate to ask for help and support. Breastfeeding is a gentle way for newborns to transition to the world outside the womb. It creates emotional bond between the mother and the baby.
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