Because is by far the best source of nutrition for your baby and all experts across the globe recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life . If I may add it is probably one of the most important gifts you will ever give to your baby. Formula feeds are inferior as they lack many of the unique qualities of breastmilk. Think carefully before you reach a decision not breastfeed as switching back to breastmilk would be very difficult once your milk flow ceases.
Breastfed babies lead healthier lives for the following reasons :
Breastmilk contains immune factors which protect against infections – hence they get sick less often .
Have reduced risk for food allergies , diabetes , malignancies and obesity later in life
Have reduced risk of crib death syndrome
Reduced risk for future asthma , eczema and heart disease
Facilitates optimal brain development
And a bonus plus for you – reduced risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer in the future.
Unfortunately there is sometimes misleading advise towards mother about what is the best way to feed their babies . But breastfeeding is actually easier and simpler than you might think. Yest the early days may be tough but if you persist you will most certainly manage to breastfeed your baby.