Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Breast Feeding

Essential skills for new mothers

Breast Feeding
Benefits For The Mother
Breastfeeding offers a range of benefits for mothers. It can help them shed pregnancy weight and return their uterus to its pre-pregnancy size, and potentially reduce bleeding after childbirth. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of certain health issues, including breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. In addition, it is a convenient and cost-effective option as it requires no preparation, and there is no need to purchase formula.

However, it is important to recognise that breastfeeding may not be possible or desired for all mothers and babies. In such cases, there are many alternative options, such as infant formula, that can provide the necessary nutrition for a baby’s growth and development. It is crucial to make the decision that is best for both the mother and baby.

Benefits for the Baby

Breastfeeding offers numerous benefits for infants, including improved health and survival. It is recommended that infants are breastfed for the first six months of their lives.
Breastmilk is the optimal food for infants, as it is safe, clean, and contains antibodies that can help protect against common childhood illnesses. It provides all the necessary nutrients and energy for the first months of life.

It continues to provide a significant portion of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year and up to one-third during the second year of life.

Breastfed children tend to perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese, and are less prone to developing diabetes later in life.