Why do we need to breast feed? In Islam, the need to breastfeed your baby is explained in Surah Al-Baqarah (233):
The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be chargeable in the same way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring, there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered, on equitable terms. But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well what ye do.
There are a lot of benefits breastfeeding can give to both mother and the baby. The longer the period of breastfeeding, the longer the benefits last.
So what are the benefits of breastfeeding?
1. For one, it’s cheap (free actually) and readily available, anytime, anywhere.
2. It can provides health benefits for both mother and the baby
3. It is the most natural food you can provide to your baby, with the right temperature.
4. It protects your baby from infection, and build up your baby’s immune system
5. It helps building an excellent mother-child bond, both emotionally and physically.
6. It can gives you a great sense of achievement
Benefits to the baby:
– reduces incidence of diarrhoea, vomiting
– reduces chest and ear infection
– less chance of being obese hence reducing risks of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses later in life
– less chance of developing eczema and allergic reaction
Benefits to mother:
– reduces risks of ovarian and breasts cancer
– naturally uses up to 500calories per day
– saves money on infant formula (although I have to say, if you planned to pump at work, the initial stage to buy a decent pump and other necessary equipments can be pricey. But this usually a one-off thing, as you can always use them for your next babies)
– exclusive breastfeeding can help delay the returns of your period
– create a strong bonding with your child
Of course there can be setbacks too in breastfeeding your baby. But, hey, nothing is easy in this world, right? It is a learning process for both of you and the father too. The most important thing is to get your information from the right sources and get support from the right persons.
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