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I am a nutritionist by profession and infant and young child feeding has always been my passion. I always used to counsel pregnant ladies about the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding, which is within one hour of birth. The sad part was they never understood its importance, perhaps because till then I was not a mother. At the back of their mind, they always thought, ‘let her time come and then we will see.’ Frankly, I was hurt, but my advice was legitimate.
Now, let me tell you all the importance of early initiation.
1) In the first hour of birth, the child is very active and if at that time they are kept on mothers breast, the attachment becomes easy as the taste of the fluid on the breast is the same as the amniotic fluid in the womb.
2) It helps the mother to produce milk faster.
3) The immunity of the child is yet to be developed and, thus, formula feeding can become dangerous.
4) If the child is breastfed, he/she can start suckling without any problems
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