Ideally there is no need to give the infant any commercially prepared milk formula. Breast milk is superior and contains at least 100 ingredients not found in animal milk or infant formula. Fortunately, breastfeeding is a tradition among Indian women.
- Breast milk contains all the required nutrients for optimal growth and development in correct proportions.
- Nutrients in breast milk are easily digested and better absorbed.
- Breast milk is bacteriologicaly safe and always fresh.
- Sucking aids in development of the jaws, palate, mouth and check muscles.
- Breast milk strengthens the immature immune system of the newborn. Breast-fed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, diarrhea, cough, colds, pneumonia, ear infections, rashes, German measles, and other medical problems than bottle-fed babies.
- Allergic reactions to breast milk are rare.
- Breast feeding benefits cognitive development.
- breast milk helps prevent childhood asthma.
- Breastfed babes are less likely to be overfed and have lower chances of becoming overweight.
- The nursing baby enjoys a sense of security from the warmth and
presence of the mother. Breastfeeding is a happy experience for both
mother and child and promotes emotional bonding and satisfaction.