Research shows that breastfeeding a baby is very important as it helps the child as well as the mother, to be healthier. Research has shown that breast feeding infants exclusively for the first six months, then gradually adding food staples to their diet for the next two or three yrs before completely weaning them off the breast will aid in the prevention of many ailments and diseases.
If there is difficulty for whatever reason on the part of the mother or child that prevents breastfeeding, the mother may still be able to provide the breast milk by way of a breast pump. Breast pumps allow the mother to extract the breast milk and then it can be used right away or stored. Breast milk can be left at room temperature for up to 6 hours as long as it isn’t exposed to sun or heat sources.
Breast milk may also be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days or frozen for up to 3 or 4 months, or up to 6 months in a deep freezer. It should be stored in appropriate containers to keep it fresh. After about 6 months or breast milk the infant will be ready to try various baby foods. Wide varieties of foods should be offered to allow the child to receive a balanced diet. Fruits, vegetables and meats are all readily available but some parents prefer to make their own baby foods.