Importance of breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is the best way to provide babies with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

WHO and UNICEF recommend that during the first 6 months of your baby you should only feed it with breast milk; after that time it can be offered, water, juices and other foods as a supplement until 2 years of age.

The time of breastfeeding  can be continued until the baby and the mother so desire, but it is important that they consider as a basis the suggestion proposed by WHO and UNICEF.

Breast milk is the best and most nutritious food for babies.

To breastfeed a baby there are no restrictions; it is very common for first time mothers to ask how often they should be fed and should know that they will start from the first hour of the baby’s life and after that you should do it every time the baby asks for it.

There are signs that you can identify to breastfeed before he begins to cry; such as that he starts to move his mouth or seeks to approach his chest. Consider that a newborn should be fed 8 to 12 times a day so you can be close to your baby.

As the baby grows, breastfeeding will be less frequent; but while a regular breastfeeding schedule can be created, every breast should be aware of when her baby is hungry to feed her.

World breastfeeding week is celebrated from August 1 to August 7 in more than 170 countries. During this week, breastfeeding is encouraged to improve the health of babies worldwide. Breastfeeding promotes better health for both mothers and babies.

What benefits dores breastfeeding have?

For mother

– Reduces the risk of postpartum depression.

– Prevents breast cancer.

– Reduces the risk of anemia.

For baby

– Includes all the nutrients the baby needs.

– Contains special antibodies that protect against certain diseases.

– Reduces the risk of child malnutrition.

During this week we seek to work together to empower mothers and fathers, in such a way that the right to breastfeeding is guaranteed now and in the future.

Advanced Fertility Center Cancun, fertility and reproduction clinic.

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