Breastfeeding provides young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. The WHO and UNICEF recommend:

  • Early initiation of breastfeeding with one hour of birth – Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by the WHO as the perfect food for the newborn
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life
  • The introduction of appropriate complementary (solid) foods at six months, combined with continued breastfeeding, for up to two years of age or beyond.

Benefits of optimal breastfeeding:

  • Protection against gastrointestinal infections
  • Reduces infant mortality
  • An important source of energy and nutrients in all children aged 6 to 23 months.
  • Also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness
  • Reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in mothers

Helps to space pregnancies–exclusive breastfeeding of babies under six months has a hormonal effect that often causes a lack of menstruation.


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