Nourishing Bonds: The Importance of Breastfeeding for Children

Published on August 2, 2023

Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful and natural acts of motherhood, with numerous benefits for both the baby and the mother. For centuries, breastfeeding has been the primary source of nourishment for infants, and its significance cannot be emphasized enough. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life, followed by continued breastfeeding alongside complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.

Here are a few important reasons of breastfeeding –

  1. Optimal Nutrition: Breast milk is nature's perfect food for infants, providing them with all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they need to grow and develop in the early stages of life. It contains the right balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, essential for brain development, immune system strength, and overall physical growth.
  2. Immune System Boost: Breast milk contains antibodies and immune cells that help protect babies from infections and illnesses. This protection is especially crucial during the first months of life when a baby's immune system is still developing.
  3. Bonding and Emotional Connection: Breastfeeding fosters a strong emotional bond between the mother and the child. The skin-to-skin contact and nurturing touch during breastfeeding promote a sense of security and comfort for the baby, leading to emotional well-being.
  4. Reduced Risk of Chronic Diseases: Research suggests that breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and certain allergies later in life. Breastfed babies tend to have better long-term health outcomes.
  5. Convenience and Cost-effectiveness: Breast milk is always readily available, at the right temperature, and requires no preparation. It is also more economical than formula feeding, saving families money on purchasing formula and related supplies.

We at CRY UK has been working tirelessly to raise awareness about the significance of breastfeeding and supporting pregnant women thorough the following through community awareness programs and training Anganwadi and ASHA Workers/ These sessions offer valuable insights into the nutritional, emotional, and health advantages of breastfeeding, encouraging mothers to make informed choices.

Breastfeeding is an invaluable gift that mothers can offer their children, providing them with a strong foundation for a healthy and fulfilling life. Support CRY UK’s efforts in raising awareness about breastfeeding and ensuring every child lives a healthy life.