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Should I breastfeed my baby? I would really like to, but I'm not sure! Apparently breastfeeding offers many advantages for the baby. What are they?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

It's good for your baby's health

Nature knows what it's doing. The milk produced by a mother's body meets all her baby's nutritional needs. This "tailor-made" milk is low in sodium, hypoallergenic, contains the ideal balance of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes and essential fatty acids and contributes to balanced development of the brain and nervous system during the very first months of life.

It is easier to digest than cow's milk and ideally suited to the newborn baby's digestive system, reducing the risks of wind, constipation and diarrhea. The result is often less crying and more peaceful nights for the child... not to mention the parents!

Another advantage is that it is rich in maternal antibodies and strengthens the baby's still immature immune system. This is why breastfed babies are less susceptible to bacterial infections and other illnesses common among young children, such as ear infections, colds and stomach flu. Breastfed babies may also develop fewer food allergies than those fed on cow's milk.

It is also good for developing the baby's sense of taste, as the taste of your milk changes according to what you eat (sweet, spicy, perfumed, etc.). Your baby discovers different aromas and this helps their senses to develop. Your little gourmet loves it!

Finally, as the composition of your milk changes in real time over the course of a feeding, according to your baby's needs, your baby drinks just the right quantity and stops feeding when full. Just imagine your baby falling asleep in your arms, a little drop of milk still clinging to their lips...

Good for your baby's emotional stability

"When I'm breastfeeding, everything else fades away and it's just me and my baby in our own happy little bubble". Breastfeeding, with all the gazing and smiling and little comforting words, is a precious time for bonding between mother and baby. The physical intimacy is an extension of that experienced by the baby in the womb and provides reassurance and a sense of security. Breastfeeding is not just about providing food. It helps your baby to calm down, relax and even fall asleep. These "cuddle-feeds" act like a comfort blanket and contribute to your baby's emotional and psychological stability. How long should I breastfeed for?

Should I breastfeed for one month, three months, six months or longer? The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusively breastfeeding a newborn baby, i.e. not giving your baby any other food or drink, during the first six months. Babies should start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age with continued breastfeeding up to 24 months.

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