5 Facts on Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is one of the most reliable ways to ensure child health and survival. Below is a list of facts recommended by WHO.
Fact 1: Solid food should be phased in at 6 months.
Other variations of food should be introduced to meet the growing needs of babies at 6 months of age. Such as mashed solid foods. However, breastfeeding should not be stopped when starting on solid
Fact 2: Support for mothers is essential.
It may take some time for new mothers to get adjusted to the process and may encounter difficulties at the beginning. There are programs that help new mums to get the support they need and improve care for their child.
Fact 3: Instant formula does not contain the antibodies found in the breastmilk.
Instant formula doesn’t have the same long term benefit of breastfeeding for children and their mother.
Fact 4: Breastfeeding has long term benefits for children
Some of the long term benefits include fewer chances of type 2 diabetes and perform better in intelligence tests.
Fact 5: Breastfeeding has benefits for mothers.
Breastfeeding is known to reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, postpartum depression, and even type 2 diabetes.