Posted on Apr 19, 2022
Nature has designed human milk for human babies. It has several advantages over any substitute available in the market. Breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition for babies and provides many health benefits to both, the mother and baby. Initiating breastfeeding within the first hour of the birth and exclusive breastfeeding can prevent morbidity and mortality. The primary causes of infant mortality are newborn sepsis, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Breastfeeding is the single most important intervention which can prevent death due to these diseases. The details listed below enumerate the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF BREAST MILK:
ANTI-INFECTIVE IMMUNE FACTOR:
Colostrum the 1st milk that comes from the mother post birth is a very rich source of immunoglobulins that immunizes the child against most of bacteria and viruses. The main immune factor at work here is a substance called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), that’s present in large amounts in colostrum (Secretory IgA is present in lower concentrations in mature breast milk.).