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how much breastfeeding at 6 months?

 

  •  Breastfeeding at 6 months must be for 20-40 minutes per breast, 3-5 times a day.
  • Complementary foods that are safe and nutritionally adequate should be introduced at 6 months together with the continuation of breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

 

What is Breastfeeding?

 

how much breastfeeding at 6 months?

 

  • Breastfeeding is feeding an infant with breast milk directly from female human breasts via lactation.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of life and the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least two years of life.
  •  Whatever length of time that mothers are able to breastfeed their babies is beneficial.

 

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What are the contents of breast milk?

 

                       Nutritive value of human milk(100gm)

Fat (g) Protein (g) Lactose (g) Calcium (mg) Vitamin C   (mg) Minerals (g) Water (g) Energy (kcal)
3.4 1.1 7.4 28 3 0.1 88 65

 

Note-: Colostrum contains anti-microbial factors like macrophages, lymphocytes, secretory IgA, anti- streptococcal factor, lysozyme, and lactoferrin

 

How much breastfeeding at 6 months?

 

  • Food source for the first six months is exclusive breastfeeding.
  • The baby only receives breast milk, without any other food or drink not even water.
  • A baby of 6 months must breastfeed for 20-40 minutes per breast, 3-5 times a day.
  • Complementary foods that are safe and nutritionally adequate should be introduced at 6 months together with the continuation of breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
  • Infants should be breastfed on demand i.e. as often the child wants, day and night.

For 10 months baby :

  • should be breastfed on demand i.e. as often the child wants, day and night.

 

What is Exclusive breastfeeding?

 

    • In the first six months, only the mother milk is given to the child, which is sufficient to meet all the nutritional requirements of the child. This is called exclusive breastfeeding.

 

What are the advantages of Exclusive breastfeeding?

The advantages of exclusive breastfeeding are as follows:

B = Best for baby

R = Ready made food

E = easily available, economic

A = anti-infective

S = Safe to use

T = Time not needed for preparation

F = Free from microorganisms

E = easily digestible

E = Essential nutrients

D = Disease prevention

I  = Immunoglobulin A (Ig A)

N = Natural birth spacing

G = G.I disease less common

 

What are the advantages of breastfeeding for mothers?

 

  • Breastfeeding soon after birth helps uterine involution, reducing the chances of Post Partum Hemorrhage.
  • Mother is able to reduce blood loss.
  • Return of fertility.
  • Breastfeeding provides emotional satisfaction and creates a strong bond between the mother and her child.
  • Helps to protect against bone fracture when she becomes older.
  • Convenient, time-saving, and cost-effective.
  • Reduces the risks of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer
  • Helps to shed the extra weight that the mother has gained during pregnancy.

 

Advantages for the child

 

  • Breast milk is an ideal food for a newborn until the age of six months. It provides all nutrients in the correct proportions for babies.
  • Formula milk can cause malnourishment or excessive load if there is too much or too little powder in it but breast milk contains many anti-infective factors.
  • Formula milk can cause diarrhea if prepared using contaminated water moreover bacteria can grow on bottles if not stored at cold temperature or if they are not sterilized making them unsafe for use.
  • Breast milk makes the baby stronger and decreases the risk of allergies like diet allergies, pollen from plants, and the animals.

Breastfeeding lower the risks of illness like:

  • Asthma
  • Leukemia (childhood)
  • Obesity (childhood)
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Type 2 diabetes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

How often should a 6-month old breastfeed?

Complementary foods that are safe and nutritionally adequate should be introduced at 6 months together with the continuation of breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Infants should be breastfed on demand i.e. as often the child wants, day and night.

Is breast milk beneficial after 6 months?

Breastfeeding lower the risks of illness like:
Asthma
Leukemia (childhood)
Obesity (childhood)
Ear infections
Eczema
Diarrhea and vomiting
Lower respiratory infections
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Type 2 diabetes.

Can a baby survive on only breast milk?

Food source for the first six months is exclusive breastfeeding. Complementary foods that are safe and nutritionally adequate should be introduced from 6 months together with the continuation of breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

How long does a baby stay on breast milk?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of life and the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least two years of life.

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