Perfect Breast Milk
Breastmilk provides just the right proportion of essential nutrients, vitamins, proteins, fats and antibodies to help your baby’s body and brain develop.
What’s amazing is that it also can adapt its composition to meet your baby’s needs as they get older or become sick. The nutrient content of mother’s milk will change according to baby’s needs, even from week to week.
As baby sucks, hormones are released into the mother’s blood stream that increases the mothering instincts, thus helping her to be a more attentive mother
Benefits for Baby
- Breastfed babies have a greater sense of taste and smell because breastmilk changes flavor based on the mother’s diet
- Baby thrives emotionally because skin-to-skin contact with mom creates a strong bond and sense of security
- Babies that are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear-infections, fewer respiratory illnesses, less bouts of diarrhea and they have fewer trips to the doctor
- Breastfeeding lowers baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.
- Breastfed infants are far less likely to become overweight children, as they gain the right amount of weight as they grow
- Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood
Benefits for the Mother
- Breastfeeding helps lose the pregnancy weight faster as it burns extra calories (300-500 per day)
- Lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer and may lower your risk of osteoporosis too
- It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth
- It gives you regular time to relax quietly with your newborn as you bond
- It saves both time and money compared with formula feeding
How long should you Breastfeed?
Whether you breastfeed for years or just a few days – it is a decision you will never regret.
The World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding (i.e. no other fluids or solids) for six months and then continued breastfeeding combined with solid foods for 12-24 months or as long as mother and baby desire.
We on the other hand take our advice from renowned author, educator and qualified naturopath and nutritionist – Barbara O’Neill. Barbara is also an international speaker on natural self-healing. She has raised eight children and is a specialist in women’s and children’s health.
In short, Barbara recommends exclusive breastfeeding for baby’s first 8 months before gradually introducing vegetables for taste and texture.
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HOW LONG SHOULD I BREASTFEED MY BABY?
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR JUST A FEW DAYS
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR 4 - 6 WEEKS
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR 3 -4 MONTHS
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR 6 MONTHS
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR 9 MONTHS
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR 12 MONTHS
IF YOU BREASTFEED FOR 18 MONTHS
IF YOU BREASTFEED 2 YEARS AND BEYOND
If your child weans when they are ready – you can feel confident that you have met your baby’s physical and emotional needs in a very normal, healthy way. In cultures where there is no pressure to wean, children tend to breastfeed for at least 2 years. The World Health Organization and UNICEF strongly encourage breastfeeding through toddlerhood: ‘Breastmilk is an important source of energy and protein, and helps to protect against disease during the child’s second year of life.’
Our biology seems geared to a weaning age of between 2 and a half and 7 years. It makes sense to build our children’s bones from the milk that was designed for them and your milk provides antibodies and other protective substances as long as your child continues breastfeeding.
Families of breastfeeding toddlers often find that their medical bills are lower than their neighbours’ for years to come. Research indicates that the longer a child breastfeeds, the higher his intelligence. Mothers who breastfeed long- term have a still lower risk of developing breast cancer. Children who were breastfed long-term tend to be very secure and are less likely to suck their thumbs or carry a blanket. Breastfeeding eases both of you through the tears, tantrums and tumbles that come with early childhood.
It helps ensure that any illnesses are milder and easier to deal with. It’s an all-purpose mothering tool you won’t want to be without! Don’t worry that your child will breastfeed forever.
All children stop on their own, no matter what you do, and there are more breastfeeding youngsters around than you might guess.