Breastfeeding IS BACK WITH A BANG!!
The theme for International Breastfeeding Week (1–7 August) is sustaining breastfeeding together. Breastfeeding mothers need support and encouragement from spouses, friends and family, doctors, clinic sisters and the public in general. The benefits are so worth it: ● Breastmilk contains EVERYTHING a baby needs in the first six months of life. This includes good microbes that constantly replenish the baby’s immature immune system and protects him/her from infections and other illnesses. ● Colostrum is the “superfood” for the newborn. This super-concentrated first milk is low in fat, high in carbohydrates and protein and easily digested by the newborn. It also has a laxative effect, helping baby to pass meconium or first stool and minimising jaundice. ● The nutritional and immunological make-up of breastmilk changes every day according to the baby’s changing needs. ● Because milk production works on supply and demand, the more often a newborn is fed in the first two weeks of life, the better the mother’s milk supply will be. To find out more about International Breastfeeding Week activities in your area, search online for Gauteng Breastfeeding Forum, South African Breastfeeding Association and La Leche League of South Africa.