Making statements about the benefits of human milk, Mersin City Training and Research Hospital, Department of Child Health and Diseases, education associate Prof. Dr. Şanlıay Şahin said that the benefits of human milk do not stop counting. Emphasizing that the main feature of this milk is that it is a living liquid, Şahin said: “It is an ideal food. We see its positive effects throughout life. The most natural right of every child. It increases the child’s chances of survival. We know that breast milk prevents the death of approximately 1.5 million babies each year. Therefore, we have very serious recommendations. We recommend feeding only breast milk for the first 6 months. We recommend continuing to breastfeed after 2 years. Of course, if we look at the Demographic Health Survey of Turkey, we see that the percentage of breastfeeding has dropped significantly after the 6th month. We are really below the expected level as Türkiye. We know that breast milk meets baby’s needs 100 percent in the first 6 months. It is not necessary to water children during this period. After that, as additional foods are introduced, breast milk begins to reach 50 percent. From the 1st year, breast milk begins to meet 1/3. The baby is already starting to be fed complementary foods,” he said.
“After the first 6 months, breastfeeding rates drop to 6 percent”
Underlining that breast milk is very beneficial for both the baby and the parent, Şanlıay said, “Of course it has very serious benefits not only in terms of nutrition, but also on the immune system, development, the psychological bond between mother and baby and even economical It is always clean and warm ideal, adapted to the needs of the baby It has such a property that breast milk changes shape according to the growth of the baby It is easy to digest, has a very high biological availability and offers very serious protection against diseases.Mother’s milk even protects the baby against diaper rash.At the same time, we know that breastfed babies can get used to the taste and consistency more easily after switching to complementary foods.We know that there is no problems such as reflux and constipation.At the same time they have protective effects against cancer.They have painkillers.These babies are also developing well in terms of intelligence. They really do breast milk. It has many important benefits for the mother. Healthy generations can be raised on mother’s milk. After the first 6 months, the breastfeeding rate drops to 6 percent. Unfortunately, we are not yet at the desired level. We are both baby and mother friendly. That’s why we recommend breast milk to everyone.”