Breast­milk grows healthy ba­bies

Vuk'uzenzele - - Health -

Breast­milk is one of the best ways that a mother can give her baby all the nec­es­sary nu­tri­ents in the proper pro­por­tions which keeps the baby healthy and pro­tects against dis­eases.

Ev­ery mother who chooses to ex­clu­sively breast­feed her baby in the first six months is do­ing the best she can to help her baby grow and stay healthy.

Breast­feed­ing and adding for­mula, wa­ter, teas, ce­re­als and other foods, in the first six months of the baby’s life in­creases the baby's risk of get­ting di­ar­rhoea, pneu­mo­nia, mal­nu­tri­tion and al­ler­gies.

With the world cel­e­brat­ing World Breast­feed­ing Week from 1-7 Au­gust the Western Cape De­part­ment of Health gave a few tips from moth­ers on how best to care for their lit­tle one. Breast­feed­ing will as­sist with your baby’s brain, teeth and jaw de­vel­op­ment. It also helps you to get to know your baby. Breast­feed­ing is good for the mom be­cause it helps to de­crease bleed­ing af­ter birth, as well as the chances of devel­op­ing breast and ovar­ian can­cer and helps with weight con­trol af­ter preg­nancy. The first milk pro­duced by the breast is sticky, yel­low-white early milk called colostrum and should be your baby’s first food. It is nor­mal for moth­ers to pro­duce only a small amount of colostrum. This milk is rich in pro­tec­tive fac­tors and vi­ta­mins and acts as your baby’s first im­mu­ni­sa­tion. The best time to start breast­feed­ing is in the first hour af­ter birth while your baby is ly­ing skin-to-skin with you. This is the time when your baby’s suck­ing re­flex ac­tion is at its strong­est. Most new-borns are ready to find the nip­ple and start breast­feed­ing within the first hour af­ter birth. • The baby should be gain­ing weight ac­cord­ing to the growth chart in line with the weight and age of the baby.

• The baby has about 6-8

wet nap­pies in 24 hours. • The baby is happy and

sat­is­fied.

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