Laws and regulations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), encourage mothers to breastfeed babies until two years of age. Breast milk has several benefits and it not only helps the growth of the baby, but also the mother. From basic nutrition to fighting diseases, breast milk protects the mother and baby at each stage of life. Here’s a quick list of benefits for you and your baby.
FOR YOUR BABY
Breastfeeding Boosts the Mental Health of Your Child
Breast milk has several benefits, the most important being boosting your child’s intelligence. While it improves the cognitive development, it also helps contributes to some of the brainpower benefits. As such, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed in the UAE.
Breastfeeding Reduces SIDS
Of the varied problems caused with infants, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the most common. It involves the unexplained death of a baby younger than a year and can prove traumatic for the family. Breast-feeding is considered to significantly reduce the risk of SIDS in infants.
Breastfeeding Combats Colds and Flus
Breast fed babies have a stronger immunity against babies fed formula milk. This helps them to fight seasonal flus, colds and also reduces the risk of childhood cancers, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Breastfeeding Helps Bonding
Above everything, as a mother it is important to bond with your baby. And breastfeeding helps you bond like nothing else. The physical comfort and closeness that the baby receives is as important as the nutritional benefit of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Helps Healing
Breastfeeding speeds up the contraction, helping your uterus return to its normal size. In addition, it also helps you to lose weight and keeps you active and energised, which is one of the major reasons breastfeeding is encouraged in the UAE.
Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Illnesses
Breast milk reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It also helps you to fall back to your daily chores quickly.
While breastfeeding is natural, it might not always be easy. You may require help from doctors and nurses. Don't hesitate to contact a healthcare provider or a certified lactation consultanton MyMedicNow if you need help or support.
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