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Children who are breastfed tend to have a stronger immune system. Is this a myth or a fact?

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Mother’s milk is the most nutritious milk a child can have. It is known for vitamins, antibodies,fats, and proteins that support child development. What is unique about it is its natural adaptation for the child’s needs.

In the first two weeks, the milk has lower lactose and fat and higher protein and potassium. As the child digestion system develops, the volume of the milk increases. Around 12 months, when the child’s digestion system becomes ready to accept solid food, the milk volume starts to decline. Not only that but also the antibodies in the mothers’ milk adapt to the child’s health status. If the child is sick, the baby’s saliva sends a message to the mother’s body, so her milk provides the child with the antibodies needed. Therefore, children who are breastfed tend to have a stronger immune system, have fewer digestion problems, and tend to have healthier weights.

The good news is that while the mother is feeding her baby with her nutritious milk, her body benefits from this process too. In addition to the fact that breastfeeding helps the mother and the child bond, it also stimulates the body to burn calories which helps the mother to lose the weight gained during her pregnancy. Furthermore, breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

In the end, it can be challenging for some mothers to breastfeed their children. During breast feeding week, we are here to support every woman that is breastfeeding her child by sharing information and tips that we hope helps. For more information, check out our social media pages and the pointers in the Nurturey app.

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Hamda Kazim

Experienced Research Assistant with a Bachelor degree focused in Early Childhood Education from United Arab Emirates University.

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