Breastfeeding: a beneficial nutrition choice

When you become a parent, you want to provide what's best for your child. Breast milk is the preferred choice for newborns.

Breastfeeding and its benefits

Choosing to breastfeed is a wise and even praiseworthy decision. It goes without saying that it is a simple, economical, and environmentally friendly way to provide the best to your baby. Studies show that breast milk is so complete that it is the only food or liquid a baby needs for the first six months of life. In fact, the World Health Organization and the medical community recommend exclusive breastfeeding during this period.

The benefits of breastfeeding go beyond those of simple nourishment. It also allows you to develop a unique and privileged connection with your baby and helps his/her development. Breast milk also contains antibodies and other immunizing factors that will help protect your baby against infection and disease, benefits that will last throughout his/her life.

Breastfeeding is natural, but it also a learned behaviour. Women who are learning to breastfeed need encouragement, comfort, and support. Loved ones and healthcare professionals have an important role to play. Therefore, women who commit to it and persevere usually get a lot of satisfaction and pride from it. 

 It's not the only option

Breastfeeding is wonderful, but it isn't always wanted or possible. Practically speaking, any woman who wishes to can breastfeed if she is well-informed and has a good support network. For various reasons, a woman may prefer to turn to bottle feeding or infant formula.

Additionally, some factors may stand in the way of the decision to breastfeed, for example:

  • insufficient lactation
  • suffering from certain illnesses
  • taking certain medications, and
  • health issues affecting the baby (e.g. cleft palate, premature birth, etc.)

Some women choose to express their milk and provide it in a bottle to meet their baby's needs. Today, it is possible to purchase a breast pump, which makes things easier.

If breastfeeding isn't possible, or if you choose not to do so, don't feel guilty about it. Give yourself a break; new mothers need understanding, not pressure! That said, if breastfeeding is your first choice, don't throw in the towel too quickly when difficulties arise. It's normal to have to deal with a few obstacles along the way. In most cases, easy solutions exist. Ask for help and support from healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable about breastfeeding.

Pharmacists are easily accessible and are there to provide information and help you to overcome the potential challenges of breastfeeding. Moreover, you can find various items and products at the pharmacy that can make your life easier.

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Breastfeeding: a beneficial nutrition choice

The World Breastfeeding Week will be held from August 1st to the 8th, which is the perfect reminder of just how wise and even commendable a decision it is to breastfeed. It’s an easy, economic and environmentally friendly way of offering the best for your baby.
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