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Blog-1 – Breastfeeding is the best nutrition plan for your baby

There’s no better food for newborns than mother’s milk. Mother’s milk contains all the nutritional value necessary for babies and contains antibodies that boost immunity against external infections.

There’s no better food for newborns than mother’s milk. Mother’s milk contains all the nutritional value necessary for babies, and has antibodies that boost immunity against external infections. Besides being easy for babies to digest, mother’s milk gives them everything they need: water, protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients. The first solid milk from mothers after birth is yellowish color rich in colostrum.

It wouldn’t be too much to say that mother’s milk is literally amrit. It is unbeatable when it comes to providing all the nutritional value needed for the overall growth of babies’ bodies and brains, and protecting them from infectious diseases. What’s more, the positive effects of breast milk are not just during infancy, but last for a whole lifetime. Its protective shield continues to work even in adulthood on such diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and allergies.

Lactating mothers often face obstacles while breastfeeding babies. Most of these problems can be solved by sitting comfortably and holding the baby in the correct way. We’ve learnt that it is just as important for mothers to learn to the correct posture for breastfeeding as it is for babies to learn to suckle. A breastfeeding mother needs to sit in a comfortable posture with firm back support, and  hold the the baby in her arms with its head raised slightly above the body. If a baby does not latch on to the breast properly and does not have enough grip, the mother’s nipples are likely to get bruised and sore. If the mother experiences pain during breastfeeding, then it usually results in reduced breastfeeding, and insufficient nutrition for the baby. In such cases, do not despair. Consult a doctor for advice. Mothers can also get in touch with our Lactation Consultant for further help and support.

Employed women who are unable to breastfeed their babies have the option of using a breast pump. Consulting with your physician to know more about how to use a breast pump to collect and store milk. Although there is no replacement for mother’s milk, women who do not have enough milk can top up their baby’s feed with formula milk powder, as per the doctor’s advice. Infant formula milk is a manufactured food designed for feeding to babies and infants under 12 months of age, usually prepared for bottle-feeding or cup-feeding from powder or liquid.

Factors that affect milk production are stress and diet. Therefore, even after the birth of the baby, women should pay attention to regular exercise, proper and nutritious diet and mental peace. Breastfeeding mothers usually require 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and a high-calorie nutritious diet that includes milk, curd, beets, and green leafy vegetables. Traditionally, new mothers were given gum, alio or fenugreek ladoos, and asparagus to increase lactation.

Besides being the best nutritional plan for babies, breastfeeding also benefits mothers. It activates hormones that help shrink the uterus back to its normal size after childbirth, and helps women return shed the weight they gained during the pregnancy. Breastfeeding after childbirth also helps to prevent breast cancer in the future.

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