Breast milk is enriched with fatty acids to ensure proper development of new-born child's brain, said Dr. Sonia Malik, an infertility expert during a continuous medical education programme here on Tuesday.
Malik, was addressing a gathering of experts on the eve of World Breastfeeding Week, said that evidence from various studies suggested that a strong correlation between breastfeeding and cognitive development of babies.
"The action of breast feeding helps an infant develop feelings of security and comfort and also helps him to positively relate to his mother, facilitating good emotional and cognitive development," she added.
"Children not born naturally to their mothers should be deprived of most important nutrition of their life," said Dr Anil Sud, former president of Punjab chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatricians, adding that World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) would be observed from August 1-7.
World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of birth and continued breastfeeding along with appropriate types and amounts of complementary foods thereafter until 2 years of age.
Breast milk may be thought of as a baby's 'first immunization'. Colostrum, the first milk secreted by the mother's mammary glands a few days before and after childbirth contains many essential antibodies that confer immunity on the infant.