Breast feeding starts soon after delivery of the baby. This process of secretion milk is known as lactation. Lactation describes the secretion of milk from the mammary glands and the period of time that a mother lactates to feed her young. Colostrums’ is the first milk a breastfed baby receives.
Early 2 days is the secretion of colostrums; these secretions are the best immune booster for the baby.
Benefits for the mother:
- Less blood loss following delivery.
- Better uterus shrinkage.
- Body weight loss. The extra weight helps to shed.
- Less postpartum depression.
- Breastfeeding delays the return of menstruation and fertility.
- Long term benefits – decreased risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Breastfeeding is often less expensive than infant formula.
- World Health Organization (WHO), recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months.
Benefits for the child:
- Builds immunity. Prevents exposure to much life threatening disease.
- Mother and child bond- breast feeding helps to enhance strong emotional and physical bond between them. It helps to feel child safe.
- Lessen the chances of colic pain.
- No more chance of getting infectious diarrhoea.
Ms. Sushma Ghag
Aster Hospital Mankhool