Breastfeeding, one of the best gift from a mother to her beloved Child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “infants be exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding while introducing appropriate complementary foods for 1 year or longer.”
The WHO also suggests the same thing with “appropriate complementary foods
up to 2 years of age or older.”
Even after such recommendations it is sad that half the infants are unable to meet their nutritive demand.
Only 40% of the mother breastfeed their baby after 6 to 8 weeks, while the percentage decrease to 29% after 6 months, 21% after 12 months and only 10% of the mother breast feed their baby after 24 months.
World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration which is held every year in first week of August (1-7th Aug in 2022) in more than 120 countries to raise awareness and galvanize action on themes related to breastfeeding.
The baby must be fed breast milk for the first six months of life exclusively. Since the content of breast milk is amazing, 80% water, 7% lactose, 3.8% fat, 1% protein, 0.2%Vitamin C & carotene, rest of nutrients and vitamins like A, D, C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, Folic acid.
This is sufficient for the Infant’s nutritive demand and hence Water, honey, etc. should be strictly avoided in the first 6 months.
Breast-milk is the perfect mix of all the nutrients and is the best food for
a baby. The following are some of the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby.
Breastfeeding not only helps the baby but also is very helpful to the new mothers.
In order to avail this benefits it is crucial to latch the baby properly in a
Drink plenty of fluids, proteins in the form of eggs & lean meat,
legumes, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, seasonal fruits, low-fat dairy
Foods which are found to increase the breast milk are oatmeal, Barley,
chickpea, brown rice, Basil, spinach, carrots, garlic, Salmon, asparagus, Dill
leaves, seeds, fennel, apricots and Almonds.
Sugary food, spices, citrus fruits, caffeine, processed foods, peppermint,
parsley, chamomile, alcohol, smoking, and drugs, should be avoided while
If you or a member of your family have a food allergy it is worth being
careful about your diet and avoiding the known Allergens.
If your baby develops Rash after breastfeeding, or if you face difficulty or
pain in breastfeeding, consult your doctor.
There are different positions for breastfeeding. Choose the correct position
that suits you best from the cradle, football, side-lying, cross-cradle hold,
and laid-back ones.
Happy breast feeding.
Reference: pediatrics aappublications
This post was last modified on April 2, 2022 1:00 pm
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