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World Breastfeeding Week 2019

A Connect between a Mother and Child

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The health of the little one is often determined by the health of the mother. It is very vital for the mother to make sure that her child is healthy and protected from all the health dangers. For a newborn, the best way to protect the baby from the health concerns is through Breast Feeding as it is the best method for protecting and locking the health of the baby.

The Breast Milk of the mother contains all the vital vitamins and minerals which suffice the basic nutritive values of the baby as it is jam-packed disease-fighting nutrients. Complications like ear infections, meningitis and respiratory diseases are less likely to happen to those babies who have been well breastfed by their mothers as they have protected and endangered by the nutrients present in the mother’s milk.

The mother must breastfeed the child for an initial period of at least 6 months and hand out all the baby’s nourishment through it. Some semi-solid food must be accompanied by the milk as the baby grows. This also imparts protection and resistance against infections and diseases beyond the stage of breastfeeding and this protection even lasts for years.

The following points have been rolled out to how mother’s milk ensures the well being of the child:

–          The process of breastfeeding kills multiple calories and excessive fat in the mother’s body. The whole of this process acts as a calorie incinerator by flaking out excess weight from the body too but for women who are lactating also tend to have an increased appetite since a lot of nutrition is being derived from the mother.

–          The breast milk has several nutrients which tend to eradicate the danger of various life-threatening diseases like pneumonia, hepatitis, diarrhea, etc. and makes the baby resilient, stronger and healthier.

–          Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower menace of postpartum depression as women with depression are less likely to be able to breastfeed their children after a certain period of time. Depression is also likely to cause numerous hormonal changes thereby affecting the maternal care giving and bonding with the child.

–          Breastfeeding also helps in developing an unexplained bond between the child and the mother. The baby feels protected with the unconditional love of the mother. Undoubtedly, breastfeeding develops a bonding to another level of the child and the mother.

–          Breastfeeding is a natural phenomenon where the mother’s milk supplements multiple nutritional values and also reduces the risk of cancer for both the mother and the baby. It lowers the risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer in the mother which has taken a large segment of women in the entire world.

–          Breastfeeding saves a lot of time and money as the money and times spent on formula, bottles and their sterilization is saved. The Formula Milk have the difficulty of making it and must be at the right temperature for the baby. Whereas, mother’s milk is completely free of cost and is always at the perfect temperature for the baby. Mother’s milk, on the other hand, takes a little extra effort.

–          The presence of Cholesterol in the breast milk encourages brain growth, intestinal bile juices and hormonal balance in the baby.

–          When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body starts absorbing more calcium thereby reducing the risk of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones start to become weak.

Apart from these benefits to the baby and the mother, the mother also goes through several challenges like inverted sore and nipples, pumping of milk, distressing about if she will be able to produce enough milk, blocked ducts, infections and breast engorgement. But, often these challenges are overlooked with the benefits it provides to the baby.

 BY:  Dr. Rita Bakshi, Senior Gynaecologist and Founder, International Fertility Centre.

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