Exclusive Breast Feeding
What is exclusive breast feeding?
Exclusive breastfeeding is when a baby receives only breast milk,
without any additional food or drinks (including water) until 6 months
While breastfeeding beyond 6 months, baby should receive foods
with continued breast milk until the age of 2 or older. The
breastfeeding duration after 2 years depends entirely on mom and baby.
Why is exclusive breastfeeding recommended?
Breast milk is the ideal food for any baby, for the best growth
and development mentally, emotionally and physically. It is not only
important for baby, but has many benefits for mom, namely…helping her
lose the postpartum pounds easily after birth and it also helps prevent
Read more on all of the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding for mom, baby and the environment.
Making exclusive breast feeding possible
- Mom should try to breastfeed baby within the first hour of baby’s life.
- Baby should not receive any supplements and this includes water.
- Mom should
breastfeed baby on demand
and as often as baby wants.
- Mom should breastfeed baby at night too…
can help with this.
- Mom should try to stay away from artificial nipples and pacifiers to
prevent nipple confusion.
- Mom should try to educate herself on potential breastfeeding problems. Read through our
breastfeeding information site map
if you would like to educate yourself on breastfeeding and the problems that may arise.
- Get involved in a breastfeeding support group of other mothers who are also breastfeeding exclusively.
- Make it clear at the hospital that you intend on nursing exclusively.
- Moms who are returning to work can also breastfeed exclusively by pumping during the day and breastfeeding at night.
The advantages of breastfeeding exclusively
- Babies who are exclusively breastfed recover quicker from colds
and infections. Breast milk also prevents babies from becoming sick.
- It can help keep mom from becoming pregnant until she decides to wean.
This can help her space out her family as she wishes. Read more about
lactation amenorrhea here
(when breastfeeding delays your period and fertility).
- It reduces the chances of ovarian and breast cancer in mom.
- If you are exclusively breastfeeding you won’t need to buy expensive supplements (formula) or bottles.
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with exclusive breast feeding
- Exclusive breastfeeding HIV
- Duration of breastfeeding and self weaning
- Prepare for breastfeeding
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