Advantages to both

BREAST FEEDING – ADVANTAGES OF BREAST FEEDING

Advantages to both the mother and the baby

  • Comforting body contact between the mother and the baby facilitates a close loving bond between the two.
  • Child spacing: 98% protection from pregnancy is provided if the following criteria are met with:
    • The mother remains amenorrheic – does not have monthly periods. The bleeding before 56th┬ápost delivery day should be ignored.
    • The mother exclusively breast-feeds her baby. Exclusive breast-feeding means that no water, milk or even vitamins should be offered to the baby.
    • The baby is less than 6 months old.

However, it is advisable to use other family planning methods acceptable to the couple.