Breast­feed­ing IS BACK WITH A BANG!!

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Talk -

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.

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