Exclusively- What Does it Mean to Exclusively Breastfeed
Many new moms wonder what is exclusive breastfeeding and what exactly does it mean. Let’s explore the term and why exclusive breastfeeding is crucial for the health of your infant.
The term "exclusive breastfeeding" means……
Exclusive breastfeeding means that you give your baby only breast milk— which means no water,food or formula supplement. Simply put exclusive breastfeeding means feeding your baby only breastmilk and nothing else.
Why Exclusive Breastfeeding?
Exclusive breastfeeding is best for your baby. Babies who are exclusively breastfed receive the greatest health and developmental benefits. Breast milk has a unique combination of vitamins, other nutrients and antibodies not found in formula. And unlike formula, breast milk changes as your baby grows — so it provides exactly what your baby needs at each feeding and over time. It also contains plenty of water so there is no need for a separate bottle.
Research has found that an estimated 820,000 deaths in children under the age of five could be prevented globally every year with exclusive breastfeeding.
Your baby should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months.
The american Association of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed, for a minimum of one year while the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months with continued breastfeeding up to two years.
What are the health benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for your Infant?
Exclusive breastfeeding decreases the risk of respiratory tract infections and diarrhea, .As well as lower risks of asthma, food allergies, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and leukemia.
Breastfeeding may also improve cognitive development and decrease the risk of obesity in adulthood. Although elusively breastfeeding your newborn is the best case scenario, we also know life is full of bumps. At the end of the day #fedIsBest