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World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding & Nutritional Benifits

World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the health and welfare of babies and benefits to maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.

World breastfeeding week has the dual goal of improving the health of babies and promoting, protecting, and supporting the rights of women to breastfeed anywhere and at any time

Nutritional benefits of breastmilk:

• Breastmilk contains all the nutrients a baby needs for the first six months of life - nothing else is needed

• Breastmilk contains special antibodies and good bacteria’s that help protect your baby from infections and diseases

• Breastmilk has good fats important for baby brain development

• Breastfeeding mums release a hormone called prolactin which helps babies fall asleep after feeding

• Foods that mothers eat can change the taste of breastmilk - this means breastfed babies are more likely to accept new tastes when they start eating solids