Breast feeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breast feeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and reversing the decision not to breast feed is difficult.
The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use infant formula, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct bottle preparation – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health care professional for advice about feeding your baby.
Breast milk, one of Mother Nature’s most wonderful creations, is the sole source of nutrition for the first six months of your child’s life. It meets your baby’s nutritional demands for growth and development, at exactly the right temperature when your baby needs it. As well as being a source of nourishment, it contains numerous immune properties that strengthen the developing immune system of an infant. The act of breastfeeding itself encourages intimacy, makes your baby feel safe and warm, and gives you both precious time to bond.
Breast milk provides the best source of nutrition for your child. A complex composition that includes many biological components, breast milk strengthens a baby’s developing immune system, while providing them with the optimal nutrients that their infant bodies require. It’s these amazing traits that motivate Nutricia Research to continue to unlock the mystery behind the dynamics of breast milk.
With the advice and guidance from our team of experts, this section covers many aspects of breastfeeding; from the basics of how to breastfeed to why breast milk is so beneficial. It also looks at why your diet is important to your baby’s nutrition, along with the most common breastfeeding problems and solutions you might encounter as you and your baby get the hang of it.