Will Breastfeeding make my child more intelligent? Find out!

World Breastfeeding Week is from 1-7 August 2019. It is an annual event which highlights the critical importance of breastfeeding for babies across the globe. Breastfeeding can give children the healthiest start in life, and it is one of the simplest and cost-effective ways we have for ensuring that all children survive and thrive. Breastfeeding is the best and most valuable gift a mother can give to her newborn baby. It is an unparallel way of giving ideal food for the healthy growth and development of babies. It is also an important part of the whole reproductive process, which has vital consequences on the health of mothers. Many scientific studies have proved that exclusive breastfeeding for first 6 months is the finest way of feeding infants. After 6 months, infants should be given complementary foods along with breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond. According to WHO and UNICEF, the following practices can help mothers establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months: Breastfeeding should be initiated within the first hour of childbirth Exclusive breastfeeding –infant should only receive breast milk without any additional food or drink, not even water Breastfeeding on demand – whenever the child demands, they should be breastfed (day or night) No use of bottles, teats or pacifiers What are the health benefits of breastfeeding for your baby? Breast milk provides complete and ideal nutrition for newborn babies. It has a perfect mix of nutrients; vitamins, protein, sugar and fat — everything the baby needs for healthy growth. And it is all provided in a form, which is more easily digestible than the...