Mother’s Milk Is The Best Nutrition For The Child
World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2012
Mother’s milk is the ideal nutritionally perfect food for newborns and infants. It is like nectar for the infant and is aptly called the first vaccine that can be given to the child. During the initial post natal phase, breast milk is in the form of yellow viscous milk or colostrums which is packed with antibodies (immune globulins), and give the child an integral immunity against various diseases, including acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea. Breast milk is also rich in proteins, has enzymatic activity that prevents the growth of bacteria and viruses, and fulfils all the nutritional requirements of the new born for the first six months. It is safe, easy to digest, is readily available and very affordable. Thus breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective way to ensure a child’s health and survival.