The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby




Breastfeeding is the best way to provide the child with nutrients important for his normal growth and development, and usually all mothers can breastfeed their children naturally, and it should be noted that the World Health Organization advises mothers to only breastfeed until the age of six months, And continuing to breastfeed after this age, but with the introduction of solid foods to the child’s diet, and breastfeeding may continue for up to two years or more.


Weaning is the mother’s cessation of breastfeeding her child, and the introduction of solid foods or formula milk instead, and this occurs in the period between six months to seven years of the child’s age, but most children are weaned at the age of three years, and it should be noted that weaning is normal for all children to go through, but it may be difficult for the mother and the child, and providing solid food to the child who is already breastfed is also considered a weaning.

Ways to wean the baby from breastfeeding

The mother is advised during weaning to slow down and gradually with the child, it is expected that he will feel frustrated at first, but after a while he will get used to it, and these tips can facilitate the weaning process:

Missing a feeding date: The mother can give her son formula milk, or a cup of milk instead of breastfeeding him, decreasing one feeding every period over a period of weeks gives the child time to get used to the change, and it should be noted that this method reduces the mother’s milk production gradually, without Causing breast engorgement, or inflammation.

Reducing the duration of breastfeeding: The mother can try to reduce the feeding time. For example, if the child is accustomed to breastfeeding for ten minutes, she can reduce it to five minutes, and follow the breastfeeding with a healthy snack that is appropriate for the child’s age. If the infant is less than six months old, The mother should follow his feeding with formula milk; It is not then ready to eat solid food, and it should be noted that it is difficult to reduce the feeding time that the infant takes before bedtime.

Postponing breastfeeding and distraction: This method is useful if the child is large; So that the mother can communicate with her child, and distract him to postpone his feeding.

Reasons for weaning

The appropriate time for weaning varies from one child to another; The mother decides the appropriate time to wean her child and the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that the child be breastfed for at least one year, and women are encouraged to continue breastfeeding for a longer period if they wish to do so, and there are several reasons for weaning, including :

Weaning at the will of the child: This occurs when solid foods are introduced to the child between the age of 4-6 months, and the child may lose interest in breastfeeding, which makes the weaning process easier, and some children may show more interest in solid foods at the age of one year; This is because they are exposed to new experiences, such as: trying different types of food, trying to drink from a cup and children between the ages of one to three years may be less interested in breastfeeding when they increase their movement and activity, and it becomes difficult for them to sit for long periods of time to breastfeed From their mothers and their minds can be easily distracted, these are signs that the child is ready to wean.

Weaning desire mother: You may decide the mother weaned her child for several reasons, including her return to work again, or they feel that the right time for her child, the mother was ready and her child shows signs of readiness for weaning, can reduce breastfeeding Gradually, and it may require more time and patience in this case, and it depends on the age of the child, and how quickly he gets used to the change.

Weaning with a common desire: This weaning is the easiest and most comfortable for the mother and the child, and it can happen when the child reaches the age of six months, and starts eating solid foods, when the mother’s milk and formula alone are not sufficient for the needs of the child as he grows.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has many benefits for the health of the child, including the following:

The ideal nutrition for the infant: Most health authorities advise the mother to breastfeed; Because it provides the child with all the nutrients he needs up to the age of six months, and it is worth noting that the components of mother's milk vary according to the changing needs of the child; Especially in the first month of his life; The milk produced by the mother in the first days of lactation contains high levels of protein, and many compounds that are beneficial to the health of the infant, and it also contains a small percentage of sugar. 

The milk produced by the mother in the first days after birth is called colostrum. Important for the growth and development of the digestive system of an underdeveloped infant, and after a few days, the mother begins to produce larger quantities of milk to cover the infant's needs.

Strengthening immunity: Breast milk, especially colostrum is rich in antibodies that help prevent diseases by fighting viruses and bacteria; The mother's body creates antibodies when exposed to it, and these bodies are transmitted from the mother to the infant through milk during breastfeeding.


 Reducing the risk of many diseases: Breastfeeding reduces the infant’s infection with many diseases, such as middle ear infections, respiratory infections, colds, Sudden infant death syndrome, and leukemia. , and many other diseases. Increasing the child's weight in a healthy way: Breastfeeding promotes a natural and healthy infant weight gain prevents childhood obesity, positively affects his brain development, and reduces the possibility of him facing learning difficulties.