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Why Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Good For Infants

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Different studies recommend different periods of time for exclusive breastfeeding in newborns. However, many parents fall between the three and six month period when it comes to exclusive breastfeeding. Studies have shown that exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months is better for the baby’s long term health.

Even after introducing solid food to the diet after six months, breastfeeding is still good for the baby. It can complement the food that the baby is consuming for a balanced diet. Breast milk also helps babies to build up immunity and fight off infections. It lowers the risk of gastrointestinal infection in the baby and can help stop your baby from developing allergies.

Some mothers have reported that breastfeeding has helped them to lose weight more rapidly after giving birth. It also helps to build a strong bond between the mother and the child, as well as decreasing the risk of stress and postpartum depression.

The exception to breastfeeding is if the mother suffers from a serious chronic illness such as HIV/AIDS which can be transmitted to the child via breast milk. In thi case, there are recommended formula options for optimal nutrition. A doctor can give you advice on this.

As much as one can, it is important to stick exclusively to breastfeeding for the first six months for the good of both the mother and the baby.

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