The Benefits of Breastfeeding
“Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth,” writes Pamela K. Wiggins in her book Breastfeeding: A Mother's Gift. The statistics prove it too. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries around the globe from 01 to 07 August every year. It was created by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF. These organisations have undertaken incredible research to show that scaling up breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life can prevent 20,000 maternal deaths, 823,000 child deaths and GB Pounds 240 billion in economic losses annually too.
Cellnutrition understands that it is not always easy but at the same time that optimal breastfeeding is vital to the lifelong good health and wellbeing of mom and baby. Through our range of 100% pure, natural and innovative products, we support mother and baby every step of the breastfeeding journey and look forward to celebrating this act of intimacy with you in a series of well-researched articles this week that you can rely on.
The experts promote the early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth, the exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding up to two-years of age or beyond, with introduction of nutritionally adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at six months.
Cellnutrition’s own Head of Science and Nutrition, Marie-Louise Farag, says that the act of breastfeeding creates a closer bond between mother and child and that breastmilk is the perfect nutrition for your baby but has many other benefits for you as well. Providing expressed breast milk via bottles and the actual act of breastfeeding are not one-in the same. The more natural the better. WABA, WHO and UNICEF agree.
Breastmilk is an extremely complex liquid that varies in composition from mother to mother, due to your genes, diet, lifestyle, health and lactational stage, and will provide complete nutrition to your baby (1). Breastmilk is 87.5% water and provides carbohydrates, fats, proteins and minerals which are uniquely tailored to your baby (2,3). It therefore provides all of the energy and nutrients that your baby needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life.
Breastfeeding and breastmilk helps protect your baby from infection (4).
- Straight after birth and for the first few days of breastfeeding, your breastmilk contains colostrum, containing antibodies that help protect your baby from infections.
- Continuing to breastfeed is important as your baby will benefit from the antibodies in your breastmilk for longer and as you encounter new infections, your baby will get immunity from them too.
- Breastmilk contains different types of human milk oligosaccharides structures that work together to help your baby develop a healthy immune system through the gut.
Helps your baby’s taste buds
- Your breastmilk is uniquely tailored to your baby. The food you eat while breastfeeding can influence your baby’s taste preferences throughout weaning and after (5,6).
Helps reduce your baby’s risk of disease (7,8) such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Childhood Leukaemia
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
- Eczema, Asthma and other allergies
Helps you lose weight gained during pregnancy (11)
Helps to strengthen the bond between you and your baby (12):
- Holding your baby while they're feeding provides intimacy through skin-to-skin contact.
- This closeness comforts your baby whilst helping to regulate their heartbeat and body temperature.
Lowers the mother’s risk of Postpartum Depression, Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer (13).
Your breast milk is totally unique to you. It promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia and aids quicker recovery during illness.
To ensure you are providing your baby with all the essential nutrients it needs through breastfeeding it is helpful to consume a well-balanced diet and supplement correctly.
Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic is a unique, 100% natural mineral supplement. It can be taken whilst breastfeeding to support both you and your baby. It is a natural marine based supplement that contains 78 bioavailable minerals and trace elements. It is directly absorbed by your cells, creating equilibrium within the body, aiding cellular repair, supporting digestive health and immunity. Taken in combination with Omegabiocell369, Cellnutrition provides your cells with essential nutrients they need to thrive and these nutrients are also passed on to your baby through breastfeeding. Look after your baby with Cellnutrition.
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