Breastmilk is the perfect all-in-one food for the first six months of Baby’s life. He doesn’t need anything else – not even water on a hot summer’s day in Africa.
Breastfed babies are healthier. Breastfeeding protects against illness and allergies. Breastfed babies visit the doctor and hospital 12 to 14 times less than bottlefed babies.
Breastfeeding offers long term protection against obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Breastmilk is brain food! Breastfed babies have an advantage of 7 – 10 IQ points.
Breastfeeding helps moms lose weight.
Breastfeeding is SO convenient: the milk is always available, always fresh and always the right temperature.
It saves money – hundreds of rands per month and thousands per year.
Breastfeeding saves time. There are no bottles to prepare, wash or sterilise. Furthermore, nursing time is time to relax, too. Mom can read, sleep, listen to music or watch her favourite movies, while simultaneously giving Baby the best start in life. Talk about multitasking!
Breastfeeding gives mothers a biochemical advantage when it comes to coping with mothering and reading their babies. Remember, prolactin is called ‘the mothering hormone’ and oxytocin ‘the bonding hormone’.