Amidst insistence by breast feeding mothers to give their infants water in the first six months of exclusive breast feeding, a nutritionist, Glory Wokocha, says it is of no use.
Wokocha, who stated this in an exclusive interview with The Tide, explained that the reason is that breast milk contains 87 per cent of water.
“As long as you are observing exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of delivery, there is no need to give your baby water because breast milk contains every nutrients the baby needs including 87 per cent of water”, she said.
Such other nutrients, she said, include antibodies that help the baby fight all viruses and bacteria.
Breast feeding, she continued also lowers the baby’s risk of having asthma or allegies.
In addition, “babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months without any formulae, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and bouts of diarrhea.
Wokocha, who is the state Nutrition Officer, Rivers State Ministry of Health, further stated that beyond the benefits of breastfeeding to the baby, the lactating mothers also have their benefits.
These benefits include burning of extra calories which helps to reduce pregnancy weight faster and release of oxytocine, the hormone which help the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size.
“Breastfeeding may also reduce uterine bleeding after birth, as well as lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.