Breast milk is the nutrition supplement for babies, it has the right amount of nutrients and is easy to digest. Breast milk ensures a healthy immune system so as the baby is protected from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), middle ear infections and diabetes. It also helps in decreasing the risk of developing psychological disorders.
Colostrum or the ‘high octane milk’ is produced during the first few days of postpartum, this is similar as receiving first vaccination. Colostrum is filled with antibodies and immunoglobulin. It acts as a laxative which help the baby pass his/her first stool through which bilirubin is excreted preventing jaundice.
Breastfeeding also prevents the baby from water-borne infections. It also reduces baby’s risk of many diseases including allergy, celiac disease and diabetes mellitus in later years.
Infants who are breastfed seems more intelligent than formula fed infants.
Not just for the baby, breastfeeding is important for mothers too. This works like a contraceptive measure for the mother. During this period, the process of ovulation is suppressed.
It is incredibly important to eat healthy during this period. Only healthy eating will give you energy you need to care of yourself and the baby.
Eating more of protein rich foods may help young mothers shed the pregnancy weight faster.