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  • Exclusive Breastfeeding: Important Facts & Benefits

    Learn key facts on the importance and benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and the impact of optimal breastfeeding on a child’s nutrition.
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    Read on to learn more about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and basic information on breastfeeding expectant moms should know.


    Adults who were breastfed often have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol as well as lower rates of overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes. Breastfeeding also contributes to the health and well-being of mothers; it reduced the risk of ovarian and breast cancer and helps space pregnancies.

    What are the most basic (and important) information on breastfeeding expectant mothers should be aware of?
    • Breast milk is complete food.
    • Breastfeed within the first hour after giving birth.
    • Breastfeed often to increase milk production.
    • Do not give water or other liquids or solids in the first 6 months of life.


    SOURCE: WHO Infant and Young Child Feeding Factsheet, July 2010; www.who.int

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