It may come as a surprise but some of today’s corporate women think breastfeeding is an ancient thing or that it will leave their breasts sagging so they opt for baby formula.
Not only is breastfeeding cost effective since it isn’t bought, it is rich in nutrients that play a big role in babies’ lives, healthwise especially.
Breastfeeding is important for every baby for at least the first six months of their lives, according to Agatha Mutamba, a Medic at the Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe.
Mutamba said that breastfeeding has a wide range of nutritional benefits for the baby, therefore, that’s the best thing every mother should do for their baby as it’s their obligation.
“Mothers should breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least the first six months and, if possible, they shouldn’t stop until the baby is a year old and beyond. During the first six months, babies should solely depend on breast milk with no solid foods, ” she said.
She noted that breast milk protects babies against diseases and reduces the risk of developing a number of illnesses as the antibodies in breast milk boost babies’ immune system, thus making it strong enough to fight off many diseases.
Breast milk also contains all the vitamins and nutrients the baby needs to develop and keep healthy which can’t be found in formula, according to Mutamba.
Also, breastfeeding creates a strong bond between mother and child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the best way to feed infants.
According to the Baby Centre, babies who are fed cow’s milk or soy milk tend to have more allergic reactions than breastfed babies.
Numerous studies around the world have shown that stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less in breastfed babies and are less severe when they happen.
If for genuine reasons you can’t breastfeed your baby, at least try to fix time during the first six months, unless you’ve been medically advised not to do so by your pediatrician.