Babies should be fed only with breast milk for the first 6 months

Babies should be fed only breast milk for the first month
Babies should be fed only with breast milk for the first 6 months

Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Department of Health Affairs gave information on the importance of breastfeeding due to the "October 1-7 Breastfeeding Week". Sonay Kılıç, who works as a nurse within the Metropolitan Municipality and has a 'breast milk and breastfeeding consultancy certificate', emphasized the importance of breast milk, which is a miraculous food for the baby, and the importance of breastfeeding in terms of both mother and baby health.

“The content of breast milk protects babies from many diseases”

Sonay Kılıç, emphasizing the importance of breast milk for babies and breastfeeding for mothers, said, “October 1-7 is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week. As Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Health Affairs Department, we want to inform our people about the importance of breast milk and breastfeeding. Breast milk is a miraculous food. Mothers should feed their babies exclusively with breast milk for the first 6 months. Because the content of breast milk; It protects the baby from germs and diseases such as toxic diarrhea and pneumonia that may occur in the future. It is also observed that obesity does not occur in infants fed with breast milk in later ages.

“Breast milk is a very valuable food in terms of strengthening immunity”

Drawing attention to the importance of breastfeeding immediately after birth for the baby, Sonay said, “Mothers need to breastfeed their baby within an hour, especially in the first half hour after birth. The milk we call colostrum, which is formed especially in the first 3 days, is a very valuable food in terms of protecting babies from microbes and strengthening their immunity. Breast milk and breastfeeding have many implications for the baby and for the mother. When we look at the mother, it strengthens the emotional bond between mother and baby. It increases the development of teeth and jaws in babies. Breast milk is sterile, since it has no additives, it will start to suck directly when mothers take their baby in their arms. When the mother breastfeeds her baby, she will regain her prenatal weight more quickly.

Explaining that mothers should be in a comfortable environment and position while breastfeeding, Sonay said, “When the mother sits in a comfortable position and holds her baby in her arms, the baby will start to suckle automatically. As the mother breastfeeds her baby, milk production will increase. We definitely want mothers to breastfeed their babies.”

"Let's not deprive our baby of this miracle food"

Talking about the wrongs that are known to be true in the society, Sonay said, “Generally, our people think like this; Our mothers think that their baby is not full, that he does not gain weight, and that his milk is not enough. But actually it is not. As the baby suckles, milk will continue to form. No additional food is required for the first 6 months. Mothers should continue to have an adequate and balanced diet and take plenty of fluids for milk. Feeding the baby is the mother's right, and feeding with breast milk is the baby's most natural right. Let's not deprive our baby of this miracle food."

Günceleme: 09/10/2022 14:22

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