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Breastfeeding is the best gift a mother can offer to her baby at the beginning of his/her life.

Maternal milk contains in the correct proportions and provides all necessary nutrients a baby requires. It fully covers a baby’s needs for growth during the first 6 months of life. Its high levels of the necessary Ω-3 and Ω-6 fatty acids, contribute to the development of neonatal brain and cognitive function in particular. During the first days post-partum, maternal milk contains choline in high concentrations, a constituent necessary for the development of memory in childhood and adult life. Breast milk reduces by 22% the likelihood of a baby developing obesity in childhood. It protects in the long run against diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and some types of malignancies. It also provides protection against allergies particularly given a positive family history.

Breastfeeding is also beneficial to the mother. Loss of body weight gained during pregnancy and uterus regression is faster in the lactating mother.  It also protects against breast and ovarian cancer, as well as against osteoporosis Finally, breastfeeding is more convenient for the care of the baby and helps in lowering the family budget.