BREASTFEEDING : RIGHT OF EVERY INFANT
18 Oct, 2020
Over the past decades, breastfeeding has proven to result in decreased infant mortality and increased well being of the child. WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6months of child birth, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.
We celebrate World Breastfeeding Week every year (1st August-7th August) as there is a need to teach the importance of breastfeeding to the people. Colostrum is the yellowish thick first milk you produce during pregnancy. It is the first vital substance your baby gets. It is low in volume but rich in nutrients. It is full of antibodies and rich in proteins. Don’t discard it , feed your baby with it.
Certain factors that result in early cessation of breastfeeding are:
• Need to join back work , usually after 40days of delivery
• Feeling shameful or guilty in public
• Find bottle feeding or feeding formulas as a better choice
• Hormonal imbalance
• Most of the people think that after few months(say 1 or 2) mother’s milk is insufficient to feed the child fully
• Lack of knowledge
•Fear of saggy-ness
• Less gap between two pregnancies deprives the first child of mother milk
Advantages of breastfeeding :
• Protects your baby from diseases
• Reduces your risk of being obese
• Lowers risk of post-menopausal osteoporosis
• It’s the best natural food for your baby
• Contains some rare antibodies that help build up a strong immune system
• Increases IQ of the baby
• Enhances closeness and comfort
• Reduces your child’s risk of being obese in adulthood
• Provides you satisfaction and connects you emotionally to your baby
• Reduces risk of breast cancer or any nodular or lump formation
• Cheap, convenient and the most nutritious food
So breastfeed your child without any guilt. It’s beneficial for both you and your baby.
Tips for proper positioning while you feed the baby:
• hold the baby so that he/she is facing the nipple
• keep your fingers away from the area to be drawn into the baby’s mouth, allowing the baby to draw in the entire nipple and as much of the areola as possible
• press your fingers slightly towards your ribs to keep the nipple extended as much as possible
• guide and insert the areola by centering the nipple in the baby’s mouth and pointing it toward the top back section of the baby’s mouth
• hold the baby in close to your body
DeepanshiMalhotra, is a Delhi based dietician, clinical nutritionist and a certified diabetes educator.
She holds a Bachelors of Science in Life Sciences & Masters of Science in Dietetics from Delhi University. She also holds certification in Food & Nutrition and Diploma in Nutrition, Dietician and Health Management. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator from Dr. V Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy.