By Suliat Ojo
The joy of every mother is to see her baby grow and stay healthy. This can be achieved through breastfeeding the child. An adage says “a newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three”.
The importance of breastfeeding cannot be overemphasized as it helps boost the baby immune system by fighting against germs and other diseases. This is why in 2001, the World Health Organisation, WHO, recommended six month exclusive breastfeeding for babies because breast milk contains all the nutrient the baby needs in the first six month of life.
A nurse, Mrs. Omotosho Tope said breastfeeding is safe, healthy and the build the baby immunity. “It helps fight against diarrhea, vomiting, pneumonia and other disease”
Exclusive breastfeeding is the feeding of a baby with breast milk only for six months. Then after six months, they should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods to meet their evolving nutritional requirements.
Research also shows that breastfeeding helps the baby grow and develop mentally, emotionally, and physically. However, this has become a challenge to some mothers while to others, it is a welcome development.
Meanwhile a mother can stop breastfeeding at minimum of eighteen months and maximum of 24 months. Some mothers stopped breastfeeding their baby at the age of one or two years.
Breast milk only with nothing else added contains all the nutrients and water baby needs for the first six months, so breastfeed your baby exclusively.