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Why it is important to breastfeed your baby

The following article has been written by Dr Angeli Misra, Director Lifeline Laboratory

Why Breastfeeding is best for a newborn baby and its mother

The new mother lactates as a natural response to her newborn baby’s hunger pangs. Breastfeeding helps to create a close emotional bond between the newborn baby and its mother; as soon as the baby is born, it is hungry and needs immediate nourishment. Experts opine that the more a new mother feeds her newborn baby, the stronger the bond that develops between her and her baby: the skin-to-skin touch and eye contact during breastfeeding evokes a feeling of emotional security in the baby. Besides this, breastfeeding has multiple benefits for both baby and mother.

Benefits for Baby

Benefits for the Mother

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