Maternal and Child Health

Exclusively-Breastfed Infants Immuned to Life-threatening Illnesses – Did You Know?

Hello fam! I hope my blog post meets you well.. Here is an article I came across this morning..that would interest you, especially mum(s) and expectants. Take your time to read through..
Medical Experts, recently declared infants exclusively breastfed, stronger in immune system. This enables them to defend life-threatening illnesses.
A Dietician, told a News Agency that breast milk only, with nothing else added contained all the nutrients and water a baby needs. He also mentioned that “exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no solid food, formula, or water) for at least six months of life seemed to offer best protection. And that adding formula, water, tea, drinks, cereals and other foods, in the first six months increased the baby’s risk of allergies and diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding is a balancednutrition meal for infants to survive, grow properly and defend illnesses such as diarrhoea, pneumonia, malnutrition and allergies. Infants require the right proportion of nutrients and breast milk is rich in nutrients and anti-bodies that contain the right quantities of fat, sugar, water and protein”.
“The first milk (foremilk) that comes from each breast is nutritious but looks thin and watery. This milk is mainly to quench the baby’s thirst. After this foremilk, comes the richer hind milk which contains extra fat and energy so the baby will feel full and grow strong’’. He advised mothers to breastfeed exclusively to guard against illnesses later in life.
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A Paediatrician also said that exclusive breastfeeding might also help children to avoid a host of diseases that could strike later in life.
“Children who are not exclusively breastfed risk diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and inflammatory bowel disease.
“Babies who have only breast milk for six months are less sick than babies who eat other foods; they have less pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.They also have less intestinal disease, fewer infections and fewer allergies,’’ She said.
She, however, advised working mothers to also do exclusive breastfeeding by expressing breast milk at work and at home.
“Expressed milk should be left covered in a clean container in a cool place, to be fed from a cup while the mother is away.
Expressed breast milk would last eight to 10 hours out of the fridge and three days in a fridge. When the mother returns home, she should breastfeed the baby often through the night,’’ she advised.
SOURCE : Nursing World
Exclusive Breastfeeding remains the Best and Safest for infants. This article encourages the practice of exclusive breastfeeding. Do you have plans to practice this method? Was that your method? Was it effective, or not? Kindly share your experience with us, by dropping your lovely comments below 👇
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