Breastfeeding is essential and should be the only source of food for a baby until at least six months of age . This is recommended by the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics to start the introduction of food. But a very common question is about how breastfeeding will be after this process.
Now that your baby has started solid feeding, how should breastfeeding be dealt with and what are the possible effects of each choice at this stage?
These and other answers we’ll bring you in this article. We want to help you in this phase that is so important for mom and baby.
The most accepted medical advice is that breast milk should be offered to the child as an option on demand from the moment of birth .
In practice this means that your baby should have the option to breastfeed as much as he wants whenever he wants. But after six months, as he comes into contact with other foods, naturally the amount of breast milk needed may decrease.
It is important that during this period the child has complete freedom to breastfeed whenever he feels like it. This is because milk is the main food for up to 1 year of age . The food introduction will be as a complement during this period. As the child learns to eat, milk will provide the nutrients needed to ensure its development.
Immune system and development
Even with solid foods, it’s important to keep in mind that breastfeeding has other benefits for your child’s growth.
The contact with the mother and the process of breastfeeding is super important to stimulate the immune system so that, while being breastfed regularly, the child will have much more resistance against viruses and common diseases.
In addition, breast milk is rich in nutrients and easy to digest . It is the milk that will help in the most difficult phases such as the birth of teeth or the dreaded growth peaks and developmental leaps. At these times, the baby can refuse the food and ask for more cuddles from the mother.
Maintaining breastfeeding even after the introduction of food is one way to ensure the maximum development of your baby’s potential.
Maternal or artificial
Even if for some reason the mother has not been able to breastfeed the child after six months of age, artificial milk is still the best option to guarantee the baby’s nutrition in the first year of life.
Even if the child has a good diet with solid foods, milk will continue to be important in this important period of development.
Mother and baby
The benefits of breastfeeding after the introduction of food are mainly aimed at helping to nourish the baby and provide him with maximum support during growth.
However, this is not the only benefit, as when breastfeeding the mother’s body also produces hormones that will help prevent diseases such as breast cancer . Besides, of course, helping to create a closer relationship with the baby.
That’s why breastfeeding plays such an important role in the lives of both mother and baby. Its importance must not be belittled. We will always encourage mothers to breastfeed for these and thousands of other reasons.
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Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.