The benefits of this substance go beyond a pure power supply, its composition includes significant properties, both for the mother as for the child, in addition to the attachment and the link that this creates between the two parties, the same way, which helps the baby in their brain development, emotional, and optimal growth.

In this regard, the psychologist Lilian Maettig Oaks, pediatrician Clinic Avansalud, explains that it is advisable to keep breastfeeding as the sole form of feeding until at least 6 months of age when there are complications external.

“After that period it is recommended to continue with breast milk until one year old if the mother can, provided that complementary feeding is adequate in term of macro and micronutrients. Only in very poor countries can continue beyond the year, which does not correspond to the chilean reality”, he says.

It is important to know that breast milk is a unique food and irreplaceable, since no formula milk exceeds it in terms of quality, consistency, temperature, composition and balance of nutrients. “Has the peculiarity of changing their composition to adapt to the requirements of the child as it grows and develops”.

Los cambios que produce el nacimiento del bebé

Given the benefits of breastfeeding, lack of or abrupt withdrawal during the first months of life prevents enjoy its benefits to the mother-child pair, with the consequent risks:

  • Can lead to more infections in the child and increased risk of post-partum depression.
  • In addition, it is proven that the artificial feeding early is an important factor of malnutrition from infancy to later stages of life.
  • Cause of chronic non-communicable diseases, such as: high blood pressure and diabetes, conditions that increasingly they are seeing more stages early in the life cycle.

Some of the benefits of breast milk are:

  • Allows a maturation of the digestive system of the child, preparing it to receive future food.
  • Children who are breastfed have a lower risk of getting sick from diarrhoea, respiratory complications, meningitis, septicemia, urinary tract infection.
  • Produces a significant saving to families, because children who are breastfed have a lower incidence of tooth decay, your palate and dental arches are best developed.
  • Children who receive adequate breastfeeding are active, have better psychomotor development, a greater learning capacity and less disruption of language which the children fed with bottle.
  • The child that is fed properly to the breast, meet their basic needs of warmth, love, and nutrients for your body.
  • The well-being and happiness that it produces make you feel safe and loved, answering with a cheerful attitude, safe and satisfied, features of a pattern affective-emotional balanced and harmonious.
Read also: How to eat right while breastfeeding

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