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13. The Importance of Breastfeeding

a. Mother's milk is the best food for the normal newborn.

b. Nutritional, health, and emotional benefits exist for both the mother and the baby.

c. Breast milk supplies the full range of nutrients to satisfy baby's growth and development needs.

d. Infants digest mother's milk easily.

e. Breast milk offers the baby protection against some infections. Colostrum, the yellowish or white fluid that is the "first milk" contains antibodies that protect the infant against certain infections.

f. Breastfeeding promotes the bonding of mother and child through the intimate relationship that develops.

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