Breast milk is the best source of nutrients for the proper growth and development of babies and one of the most effective ways to ensure their health and survival. Breastfeeding your child will create an important bond between you, and it also protects you and the baby from various diseases, giving both immediate and long-term benefits.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends its intake during the first six months of the baby’s life, following these recommendations:
- Start breastfeeding from the first hour of life.
- Feed him or her whenever the baby requires it.
Then it should be supplemented with other foods until the baby is two years old.
Benefits for the baby:
Breast milk contains all the nutrients in the right amounts for the baby to have a healthy development. It has antibodies that strengthen the baby’s immune system, which helps generate defenses against various diseases that can be life threatening.
In addition to the immediate benefits for the baby, breastfeeding helps maintain good health throughout its life.
Adults who were breastfed as infants have lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as a lower incidence of overweight, obesity, and diabetes. Also, according to recent studies, those who were breastfed have a higher IQ.
Benefits for the mother:
It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, helps you lose excess weight faster, and inhibits obesity. In addition, it creates an emotional bond between mother and child.
In our Pediatric Center, a team of highly trained specialists awaits you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring optimal care and results by providing care based on clinical practice guidelines and international protocols.
We have two pediatric intensive care units attended by experts in the management of critically ill pediatric patients and equipped with cutting-edge technology to offer the best treatment options.
Our subspecialists in pediatric emergencies are always ready to provide specialized care when you need it most.
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