The Lean Aubergine Dietetic Services give the following reasons why they feel strongly about exclusive breastfeeding for at least four to six months:
B – Promotes bonding with your baby by the warmth of skin to skin contact.
R - Readily available and convenient, requires less preparation and equipment, which makes socialising and travelling so much easier.
E - It is easily digested by the immature digestive system, causing less colic, diarrhoea and constipation.
A - It lowers the risk of allergies, such as eczema and asthma.
S - Stimulates the taste and smell senses.
T - Promotes proper jaw and teeth development.
F - It contains unique proteins and fats, which stimulate brain development.
E - Economical breast milk cost less than the commercial infant formulas available.
E - Easy to serve (always at the right temperature) and lowered risk of infections from contaminated bottles.
D - No dieting! Milk production consumes calories (providing you eat correctly).
I - It contains antibodies which provide protection and immunity to many infections, such as viral infections – respiratory tract, ear and intestinal infections.
N - Less nappy rash and thrush.
G - Mother’s milk is the most nutritious food for your baby, enhancing optimum growth and development.