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The true Elixir of Health from Mother to Child – Breast Milk. Learn about exclusive breastfeeding baby.

Social media is buzzing with exclusive breastfeeding baby posts and various activities around it. August is the national ‘breastfeeding awareness month’ focussed on – ‘What is best for your baby?’ Breastfeed is the true magic potion for babies. The power-packed nutritional jab which helps them survive the most crucial period of life.

I remember the pre-natal counseling sessions we attended six years ago. We learned about nutrition and the advantages of breastfeeding baby exclusively for the first six months. When the baby was born through natural birthing, she was immediately handed to be fed. That first time latches and struggles to get it right etched a memory in me forever.

Do you know that the vital nutrition and antibodies pass to the baby through breast milk? These valued antibodies help babies fight infections and viruses and enhance the survival chances.

Breast is Best – benefits of Breastfeeding Baby

Breastfeeding baby exclusively or exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months is crucial, as it’s the ideal food for new-born. Packed with the power of nutrients and minerals, antibodies, DHA and natural vitamin E. When we say ‘exclusively’ it means only thorough breastfeed. Baby must be breastfed within the first hour of birth with Colostrum, the first yellowish milk breasts produce, and is rich in antibodies. ‘Baby’s first immunization.

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Breastfeeding your baby is a heavenly feeling, a delight which fills the heart with contentment. Though it is not always easy for new moms. With the right care, support system, and nutrition one can sail smoothly through the breastfeeding phase. Mother’s nutrition is as important as that of a child’s.

Do you know babies who are exclusively breastfed have natural immunity against infections? Such as meningitis, stomach infections, ear-eye infections, and lower respiratory diseases?

Breastfeeding also has some long-term advantages for the mother. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces the chances of breast cancer and postpartum depression.

Breastfeeding boosts intelligence in babies

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Many researches have hinted at the connection between breastmilk and baby’s intelligence or cognitive growth. Through mothers’ milk, DHA and natural vitamin E passes on to the babies. DHA is a known attribute for brain development.

Breastfeeding baby also improves cognitive development and growth at the age of 5 years. As per research conducted by the UK Millennium Cohort Study. According to the study, “breastfed children are smarter in vocabulary skills and are likely to perform well in school studies.”

FeedIQ is a term widely used for activities and techniques used for boosting baby brain development, from the birth to first six months. As mothers, our role is vital in the process of cognitive development. We provide an immediate environment to our babies, which makes us their nurturers from birth to later stages of life.

Breastfeeding baby – Nutritional Facts

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Essential fatty acids like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are key building blocks of baby’s brain development. The role of DHA and other essential fatty acids is to build neurons and bind the brain cells for effective functioning. But does the body create DHA by itself? The answer is no, it does not. Hence the baby has to depend on external sources for this essential nutrient. Mother’s milk is the right source of DHA and essential fatty acids, combined with natural vitamin E. The natural Vitamin E benefits include powerful anti-oxidant properties that prevent any oxidative damage of DHA.

Hence, the mother’s nutrition is the first priority. During lactation phase, our body passes through various changes and we need to keep it nourished. Health supplements like Abbott’s Simmom IQ+ help during lactation with a healthy supply of nutrients to the baby as well as the mother.

Breastfeeding Baby boosts cognition & sensory growth

Cognitive development is a process, breastfeeding a nutritious diet for the baby is just one stage of it. FeedIQ begins well before child’s birth, in fact from the pregnancy itself, when a mother’s womb provides the right nutrition to boost the fetal growth. Mother’s milk is the best nutrition with DHA to boost brain development in the baby. During later stages, there are various brain-boosting activities that help make children smarter.

Infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development, and health.

This is the reason experts and nutritionist advocate exclusive ‘breastfeeding’ for the first six months. (Though the tenure can extend, first six months are crucial.) Breastmilk is a true elixir for baby’s brain and holistic development.

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61 Comments

  1. So true, breastmilk is the elixir of health for the baby. Breastmilk has so many benefits, much more than just providing nutrition. Baby’s proper brain development & good health depend on the brain boosting nutrients provided by the breastmilk.

    Neha Sharma
  2. Ma ka dudh sach me amrit hi hota hai, maine bahut saal.piya n mujhy uska swaad aaj is age me bhi yaad hai 😍😍
    Apni bitiya ko bhi maine kaafi tym tak breastfeeding karwaya
    Aapki post bahut hi informative hai, sabko ye information milni bahut jarurui hai 👍👍
    👏👏👏👏👏👏 Good job dear

  3. It is amazing to know how breastfeeding plays such a crucial role in the baby’s growth and development and how exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months can provide the baby with all the essential nutrients to fight off infections and promote brain development. Very informative post.

    Archana
  4. This is such a motivation boosting post for new mums or those who are expecting. In countries like England and America, breastfeeding workshops are carried out to where all important information is given and there are also breastfeeding clubs where new mums can come with child so they can talk and child out with other mums while also motivate others who are struggling to breastfeed.

    Akanksha
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  6. This is such a useful post. Though my son could not latch due to medical emergencies but I have him breast milk via bottle. I used to pump it out to make sure he gets the nutrition. I am determined for my next child . Thanks for sharing x

    Akanksha Goel
  7. Very very informative post. Karma was also exclusively breastfed till she was 7 months old thanks to the right support and information. Really appreciate the fact that you started with the importance of colostrum as feeding of that is within the first hour still not widely practiced across India. It’s such an important point for moms to know! 🙂

  8. I can vouch for all these points as i have EBF my kid and even extended BF, I agree that babies who are exclusively breastfed have natural immunity against infections such as meningitis, stomach infections, ear-eye infections, and lower respiratory diseases. Also they turn out to be very independent too.

    Deepa Jaisingh
  9. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended till 6 months as it has several benefits for the baby as well as the mother. You have covered all the points in your post, it’s a must read post for new parents.

    Neha Sharma
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