Breast milk helps protect babies from diseases during infancy
And even later in life
Nov 4, 2016
Breast milk is the ideal food for babies in the first six months and sets the best possible foundation for a healthy life. It helps protect them from health issues such as diarrhea, ear and respiratory infections, and allergies.
The protective effects of breast milk go far beyond its benefits during infancy and childhood. Breastfeeding also plays a role in reducing the risk of developing health conditions in later life such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding for as long as possible. As babies grow at different paces, health professionals should advise the mother on the appropriate time when her baby should start receiving complementary foods.