Experts on Tuesday in Lagos said infants exclusively breastfed had stronger immune system which enabled them to defend life-threatening illnesses. A Dietician, Mr Olusola Malomo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that breast milk only, with nothing else added contained all the nutrients and water a baby needs. Malomo, who works at Massey Hospital in Lagos, said exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no solid food, formula, or water) for at least six months of life seemed to offer best protection.

He said that adding formula, water, tea, drinks, cereals and other foods, in the first six months increased the baby’s risk of allergies and diseases. “Infants require the right proportion of nutrients and breast milk is rich in nutrients and anti-bodies that contain the right quantities of fat, sugar, water and protein.

“Children who are not exclusively breastfed risk diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and inflammatory bowel disease. “Babies who have only breast milk for six months are less sick than babies who eat other foods; they have less pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses. They also have less intestinal disease, fewer infections and fewer allergies.

Working mothers are to do exclusive breastfeeding by expressing breast milk at work and at home. “Expressed milk should be left covered in a clean container in a cool place, to be fed from a cup while the mother is away.

“Expressed breast milk would last eight to 10 hours out of the fridge and three days in a fridge.“When the mother returns home, she should breastfeed the baby often through the night,’’ she advised.


Source: The Nation News


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