4.3.4  Development factors

The fat in breastmilk has been found to be very important for the development of the brain. Breastfed children show better intelligence as compared to bottle or formula-fed children.

  • Breastfeeding helps jaw and tooth development; suckling develops facial muscles
  • Frequent skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding leads to better psychomotor, affective and social development of the infant and promotes bonding between mother and child.

4.3.3  Growth factors

4.3.5  The infant benefits from colostrum