The world Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breast fed for six months, starting from the first hour of life, and they continue for up to two years or beyond.
According to WHO, Breastfeeding rates has subsequently declined and only 45% of women are still Breastfeeding their children as at their 2nd birthday.
WABA which is known as the World Alliance for the Breastfeeding Organization and UNICEF which is known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund main aim for World Breastfeeding Week is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a infants life which makes them Healthy and Strong enough to do any task in the Future.
The Breastfeeding Day was launched in 1991 on February 14th for increasing the Breastfeeding Culture in the World by achieving the Breastfeeding Goal and also giving the support for the Breastfeeding Tradition.
Breast Milk Uniqueness
Did you know?
Breast milk is composed of hundreds of distinct bioactive molecules, some of which are not yet fully understood by scientists?
Breast milk is composed primarily of;
1. Water : which maintains hydration and protects organs.
2. Carbohydrate : which is a source of energy for the brain.
3. Lipids (fats) : which provides half of the calories the baby needs.
4. Proteins : needed to make hormones and enzymes, it builds and strengthens the baby’s body.
These are the Macronutrients found in breast milk.
Micronutrients in breast milk include, vitamins and minerals needed to support the baby.
Breast milk saves children lives as it provides antibodies that keeps babies healthier and protects them from childhood illnesses like pneumonia, jaundice, etc.It has fatty acids, like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), that may help your baby’s brain and eyes develop, also breastfeeding babies may have less gas and belly pain than a baby who is fed formula.
Breast milk has hormones and the right amount of protein, sugar, fat and most vitamins to help your baby grow and develop.
This and more are why breast milk is highly recommended for infants.
Breast Milk Nature
Breast milk changes as your baby grows so he gets exactly what he needs at the right time.
Breast milk has three different stages.
This is the first milk that comes out a few days after the baby is born, it is thick and yellow in color.
This milk is rich in proteins, antibodies, vitamins and minerals.
2. Transitional Milk
Two to four days after a baby is born, this milk replaces Colostrum.
Transitional milk is thin and white, it contains high quantities of fat, calories, proteins, lactose and vitamins.
3. Mature Milk
After ten to fifteen days after babies birth, the mature milk comes out, it consists mainly of water and appears bluish in color.
Dont be deceived!
Breast milk is the best for your baby! if for any reason you encounter difficulty either lactating or while Breastfeeding, please speak to a Registered Dietician.
A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.
– Grantly Dick-Read.