Breast milk is healthy

Breast milk or mother’s milk is milk produced by mammary glands, located in the breast of a human female. Breast milk is the primary source of nutrition for newborns, containing fat, protein, carbohydrates and variable minerals and vitamins. Freshly expressed or pumped milk can be stored, I used to express and keep breast milk just for a few hours: at room temperature for up to 4 hours, it could be in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. In the freezer for about 6 months is best; up to 12 months is acceptable. Generally speaking, breastfeeding your husband or partner is okay. It’s not perverted or wrong if you want the person you are intimate with to breastfeed, or if they ask to try breastfeeding or taste your breast milk.

Breast milk is the natural milk that flows from the breast of a mother, so a new born baby has to feed from the breasts of his or her mother. As tradition has it the flow of breast milk increases with consumption of palm wine. Medical advice from experts say six months exclusive of breast milk is recommended for the child to grow strong and physically fit. This milk has enough antibody protection that covers the child and prevents them from picking up all these aerosols that are contagious. Formula, soybean milk and groundnut paste could be added after six months to pap where there is lack of proper care and hygiene is poor.

This advice does not rule out bottle feeding completely it is sensitization to make people understand the benefits of the natural milk; instead the mother of the child should eat well as the child has to receive food through her nipples. In case a mother wants to double up with formula, it should be after six months and she must make sure she supervises the washing of feeding bottles else improper hygiene will make the baby fall sick often.

Some people say that after so many months of breast feeding the mother’s breasts will fall, changing from taut breasts to fallen breasts. All such talks about breasts milk are unrealistic and should be guarded against, we cannot understand ourselves so we look for trouble shooters to come and bother us and our babies. Taking breast milk is good for a whole year as this is how the woman was formed in body to make it possible for her child to get nutrition for the whole year. On the other hand we cannot rule out formula and bottle feeding where proper hygiene is monitored and implemented, this form will be with proper care, we are cautious about the handling of bottles; remember you will have to always boil water to clean carefully the bottles.

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