The World Health Organisation’s goal is to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life to at least 50% by 2025. Globally, only 38% of infants are exclusively breastfed, but what are the sentiments about breastfeeding in South Africa for new and expecting moms?
The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition and immunity. During breastfeeding, synaptic connections in the brain are made at a furious rate, and both mother and child need an adequate intake of omega-3 DHA for optimal health and development.
While the important presence of disease-fighting antibodies in breast milk is most commonly mooted by experts as the biggest benefit of breastfeeding, Dr Leneque X. Lindeque says that while this is certainly true, there are many additional advantages to breastfeeding that are often overlooked.
If you want to start bottle feeding your baby, there are a few things you need be aware of before milk preparation.
It’s best to wait until your baby is three to four weeks old and breastfeeding has been established before introducing a bottle.
If you’ve been breastfeeding exclusively for six months and plan to continue, you can expect to see some changes in your milk and your breasts.
If you’re planning on going away for the holidays to see everyone, how do you ensure that your new baby is comfortable througout the trip?