World Breastfeeding Week 2023: How is breastfeeding beneficial for mother and baby? know important things from the doctor...


World Breastfeeding Week 2023: Every year 'World Breastfeeding Week' is celebrated all over the world from 1 to 7 August. Mother's milk is the complete diet for an infant till the age of 6 months. Breastfeeding, not only do babies get all the nutrients through the mother's milk, but breastfeeding also has a positive effect on the health of the mother. If the child does not get their mother's milk as the main diet since childhood, then his physical and mental health can be affected. This does not lead to proper development. Babies who are not breastfed are more vulnerable and sick than babies who are not breastfed. Let us know about the benefits of breastfeeding on the health of the baby as well as the mother.


Benefits of breastfeeding to mother and child
1. Dr. Manjiri Mehta, Consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital (Vashi, Navi Mumbai) says that mother's milk is the complete diet for a child from birth till the age of 6 months. During this time the baby is not even given water. The more the child drinks the mother's milk, the more physically strong it will be. However, even today many mothers are not able to produce proper milk after delivery, due to which the baby has to be fed milk. Some women think that by breastfeeding, their breasts will get damaged, and they will become fat. It is not so at all, but breastfeeding is also very important for the health of a new mother.

2. When you feed your baby, it does not increase the weight but reduces it. If the production of milk is correct and you do not feed your milk to the baby, then this milk staying in the breast can cause you pain. Breasts become tight due to this. When you feed your milk to your baby, calories are needed during this process. In this way, calories can be reduced in the body.

3. Dr. Manjiri Mehta says that the risk of many serious diseases such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis, ovarian cancer, obesity, etc. in women is reduced to a great extent by breastfeeding. It happens.

4. By breastfeeding the baby, all the essential nutrients are supplied through breast milk. The baby can be saved from many serious diseases, infections like ear, eye, respiratory infection, asthma, diarrhea, stomach-related problems, obesity, allergies, etc. Due to the presence of antibodies in breast milk, the baby is protected from viral and bacterial infections. Drinking mother's milk strengthens the immunity of children. A baby's brain develops rapidly.

5. Body weight increases significantly during pregnancy. In calories, fat gets accumulated in the body, which you can reduce to a great extent through breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is very healthy for post-pregnancy weight loss. Due to this, frozen calories can be easily burnt. In such a situation, to reduce weight, you must feed your baby your milk, so that your weight also reduces and the baby also remains healthy.

6. According to Dr. Manjiri, when you feed your milk to the baby, a hormone called prolactin is secreted during that time, due to which both your mind and mood feel calm and relaxed. Along with this, post-pregnancy hormonal imbalances are also balanced. You may feel more energetic than before.


Some things to keep in mind while breastfeeding
Breastfeed the baby with the right breast, then always hold the baby with the opposite hand and breastfeed by holding the breast with the right hand. If you feel tired, you can feed your milk by lying on your back and placing the baby on you. It is best to feed the baby in the cross-cradle position. If you are breastfeeding for the first time, then wear loose clothes. With this, you will not face the problem of removing clothes again and again. During breastfeeding, give support to the head and back of the baby with your hands. Wipe the breast with a clean cloth or cotton before feeding. If delivery has taken place through C-section, then during this time there may be some difficulty in feeding while sitting. In this case, take the necessary advice from your doctor.
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