Deciding to breastfeed is one of the best things you can do for your baby, it will benefit them for life. Babies are designed to breastfeed, and your breasts are designed to make the perfect milk for your baby.
Breast milk contains every vitamin, mineral and other nutritional element that your baby needs, including many that haven't even been identified yet. Breast milk is also anti-bacterial, anti-viral, pain-relieving and contains antibodies to fight the pathogens your baby is exposed to. Formula milk does none of this.
It is recommended (by the World Health Organisation) that if you can you exclusively breastfeed for around the first six months of baby's life. After 6 months you can gradually introduce other foods as your baby becomes ready.
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Breastfeeding also helps provide a physiological foundation to support a strong and loving relationship between a mother and her baby. The hormones produced from birth have a magical effect - producing feelings of calmness in both, helping a mother to fall in love with her baby and want to hold and protect. For baby, the regular time together relaxing quietly and the physical closeness all help breastfed babies feel secure.
Have a look a this really interesting guide from Unicef:
"Building a happy baby - a guide for parents"; it talks about building that special loving relationship between parent and child - dispelling some myths with useful facts.
You can also click on the link below to watch the first installment of Bump to Breastfeeding!
From Bump To Breastfeeding: Introduction from Best Beginnings on Vimeo.