Breastfeeding is considered crucial. Most medical experts and healthcare professionals recommend specialized breastfeeding for at least six months or more, except for medical problems that prevent it. The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous and it is said that as a mother, it is the best start you can give your baby as it provides them with ideal nutrition. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect the baby from chronic disease and illness. For health reasons and convenience, no one can discount the great benefits of breastfeeding for the mother.
Breastfeeding is a personal choice and in case of doubt, expert advice should be sought for guidance. When a mother is overwhelmed with information about breastfeeding from all over the world, a common question in her mind is how long she should feed her young baby outside of infancy. One page on Instagram, Freedom to Feed is a breastfeeding and parenting initiative started by actress Neha Dhupia. The account recently shared an informative post emphasizing the benefits of breastfeeding at different stages of development.
Day one: Newborn milk, also known as colostrum, is a laxative that helps remove “sticky meconium”. Colostrum protects the sensitive gut of a newborn.
One month: Nursing binds mother and baby, facilitates the return of the uterus to its original size. Reduces hospitalization rates for a child.
Fourth month: Reduces the long-term risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and asthma. It helps reduce maternal postpartum depression (PPD)
Six months: Baby’s intestines mature for solid food. At this stage, if breastfeeding continues, some risks of cancer are reduced.
Nine months: When the baby does not overeat solid foods, breast milk continues to provide all the nutrition.
Month 12: In the last one year, if breastfed, it reduces the child’s lifelong risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and chronic diseases.
Month 18: Continuous breastfeeding provides nutrition insurance to the baby and supports the immune system