breast feeding week

Breast Feeding

Breast feeding is the bliss of motherhood and it makes the mother-baby relationship stronger. Mother’s milk is the most apt andhealthy food for an infant. Breast milk is the best gift you can give to your baby and it is the safest and natural way to feed your new-born.
The first and the foremost point in breast milkwhich creates a special bonding experience between the mother and child.The benefits ofbreastfeedingextend beyond the basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients, Each and every baby needs the Breast milk in the first six months of life, breast milk is always functions as disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

Importance of Breast feeding for Mother:

  • It helps the uterus to return to pre-pregnant state faster
  • It helps the women to lose weight after baby’s birth
  • It reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • It reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • It reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Importance of Breast feeding for Baby:

  • It reduces the risk of gastro-intestinal (gut) illness
  • It helps the baby to reduce the risk of allergies
  • It helps to reduce the risk of Juvenile diabetes
  • It helps to reduce the risk obesity
  • It helps to reduce the risk of respiratory tract (chest) infections
  • It helps to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be hospitalised

Breast milk has important ingredients that are not found in any infant formula and tobuild the baby’s immune system. Breast milk changes from feed to feed to suit each baby’s unique needs, making it the perfect food to each and every baby’s healthy growth and development. Breast milk is more easily digested than infant formula. Breastfed babies are rarely constipated and are less likely to get infections.

Do’s and Don’ts of Breast feeding:

Don’ts

  • Please don’t give Glucose, Jaggery, Sugar, Plain water & Honey before the first feed
  • Don’t wipe the breast with soap water before you feed
  • Don’t apply creams or ointments in the cracked nipples
  • Don’t startany weaning before six months
  • Don’t us bottle, pacifiers, milk powder or baby food till one year
  • Don’t feed the baby is not hungry

Do’s

  • Soon after delivery start Breast feeding within half an hour
  • Before starting to feed wipe the breast with plain water
  • Feed only when your baby is hungry
  • Give only Breastmilk till sixmonth
  • After 6months gradually start giving homemade weaning food

Nutritional components of Breastmilk:

The Nutritional components of Human milk derive from three sources,

1. Milk originated by synthesis in the lactocyte,

2. Dietary in origin,

3. Originate from maternal store.

Overall the human milk Nutritional quality is highly conserved, but attention to maternal diet is very important for quality composition of human milk. Which contains macronutrients composition of Protein, Fat, Lactose, Calories and the micronutrients includes Vitamin A, B2, B6, B12, D and iodine.

Both mother and infantget benefits from breast feeding. It is your responsibility to breast feed your baby and always keep in mind, this is the base of your baby’s healthy future.