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6 Bonus Benefits of Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is not easy for every new mother, but there are certainly scientifically-proven advantages to feeding your child breast milk during first years of his or her life.

The World Health Organization (WHO) actually recommends you feed your child breast milk for the first 2-years, although it says you can complement breast milk with other foods and liquids after the first 6-months. While some mothers give up on breastfeeding early due to barriers, WHO states getting support of a doctor or expert in the field can benefit your own health as well as your child’s early development…

 

1. Fighting off Infections Immediately after Birth

In the first days following delivery, your breasts produce colostrum, which is highly concentrated in carbohydrates, protein and antibodies to ensure your baby’s first days are healthy ones.

The La Leche League International notes that colostrum is actually similar to a vaccine in warding off viruses and infections in your baby. This is especially important, because conventional vaccines cannot be given to your baby until he or she is at least 2-months old (by Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines). Colostrum naturally progresses to milk after about 2-weeks of feeding, and still provides immunity.

 

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