World Breast Feeding week : (August 1-7)

by Shweta Mohta


 Today,the World is celebrating Breast feeding week ( August 1 -7). Breast feeding is the first thing that every newly born baby wants to do. It  is the feeding of an infant or young child with breast milk directly from female human breasts  rather than from a baby bottle or other container. Babies have a sucking reflex that enables them to suck and swallow milk.

According to the experts:

Breast Feeding

Breast feeding is very important for the newly born baby to keep them healthy and  if all babies are breast fed within an hour of birth, thousands of neo-natal deaths can be reduced.The first milk, is a vital factor in preventing common illnesses including diarrhoea and respiratory tract infection, ear and urinary tract infections for the baby.

Breast feeding also helps the mother in the following ways:

Mother’s milk has got the right proportion of all nutrients like water, proteins, minerals, carbohydrates and antibodies.Second thing is that it is easily digestible as against the formula milk and breast fed babies are less likely to be obese in later life. Breastfeeding releases  hormones that relax the mother and make her feel more nurturing toward her baby and it helps the baby to make strengthen towards  the maternal bond.

Things you should know before breast feeding: