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Breast Feeding Why is breast milk best

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Breast Feeding Why is breast milk best? It's what nature intended and provides all the nourishment that your baby needs. The nutrients in breast milk are easily digested and absorbed and the composition of your milk continually changes over time to meet your baby's needs. Your milk helps to protect your baby against infections and it's convenient. There's no sterilising of bottles or mixing of feeds and it's delivered at just the right temperature too. As well as these obvious nutritional benefits there are emotional benefits as well. Many mums enjoy the intimacy of breast feeding, and derive immense satisfaction from the wonderful feeling of personally giving their baby the best start in life Benefits of Breast Feeding! ...read more.

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A summary of some benefits of breast feeding for infants are: * Fewer ear and respiratory infections. * Potentially fewer allergies. * Reduced incidences of cancer. * Protection against SIDS--sudden infant death syndrome. * Disease preventing immunities are passed from mother to child. * Reduced incidence of blood infections and meningitis. * Lower mortality rate for infants. * Assures contact with mother. * Fewer incidents of serious diarrhoea. * Reduced incidences of insulin-dependent diabetes. * Acts as first brain food as it helps to set down the proper matrix for humans. Weaning your breast fed baby When you decide to stop breastfeeding, you will need to wean your baby from the breast. This may be at various stages of the infant's development and may lead to either bottles of expressed breast milk, formula or cow's milk. ...read more.

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* Eliminate the inconvenient nursing sessions first, allowing others to continue unchanged. For example, change to a bottle for the night feeding, or cut the night nursing session all together. * Keep your breasts covered when you aren't nursing. Sometimes simply seeing the breast can cause an infant to want to nurse again. * If your child is old enough to understand, talk about weaning by emphasizing what a big boy or girl your child is and all the things he or she can do independent of mommy, like dressing, going potty, and feedings. * The most important thing to remember is to be patient, and be willing to nurse your child when he or she really needs it. Weaning can be traumatic if it isn't done over time and at a slow pace that accommodates your child's needs as well as your own. ...read more.

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