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The Importance of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is very important for your baby and for you. Lansinoh® has put together some information to help you to succeed in your breastfeeding goals.

Breastfeeding your new-born baby

Your first milk (colostrum) may be small in quantity, but it is rich in everything he needs. As it passes through your baby’s digestive system, it lines his stomach and intestines to better defend against bacteria and viruses. Your colostrum also helps him to produce his first stool to excrete meconium (the substances ingested while in the womb).

Why breastfeeding is important for your baby

Your breastmilk is the only food designed specifically for your baby. It changes as he grows, to suit his needs. There are both short and long term benefits for your baby if you breastfeed exclusively for the recommended time of six months.

  • Breastfed babies have fewer and less severe upper and lower respiratory tract infections; they are less likely to need hospitalisation.
  • Ear infections are 3 to 4 times more common in infants who are not breastfed.
  • Breastmilk has factors which protect against urinary tract infections.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.
  • Constipation is much more common in formula fed infants.
  • Breastfed babies respond better to vaccines, as their immune system is more mature.
  • Breastfeeding is protective against SIDS, especially exclusive breastfeeding

Breastmilk contains vital substances to help the development of your baby’s brain, retina and central nervous system, as well as growth factors and hormones.

Source: Anna Song, brand ambassador for Lansinoh® South Africa.

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