Motherhood is the most beautiful feeling and it can be made blissful with proper care and knowledge. Breastfeeding is another beautiful experience that can be a boon to a mother and the child. While breastfeeding, it is important to know few things.
It is a common belief that a mother’s diet decides the milk composition. But this is not true. A mother’s diet does not directly affect the quality of milk she produces. But if the mother is severely malnourished or fails to consume a balanced diet, the quality of breast milk can be adversely affected.
Another belief is that refrigerated expressed breast milk cannot be used the next day. The truth is that it can be used. Working mothers can refrigerate expressed breast milk for up to five days. However, the milk should not be used after four hours if it’s kept at room temperature. And breast milk should be brought to room temperature by keeping it at room temperature. Breast milk should not be microwaved.
You will be told to avoid breastfeeding the baby, if it is nauseous or suffering from diarrhoea. Babies should, in fact, be given mother’s milk for gut infection. Mothers must stop giving other foods to the infant for some time, but continue to breastfeed. Only under exceptional circumstances is breastfeeding not advisable.
It is said that breastfeeding is a reliable form of birth control. Even if you exclusively breastfeed, ovulation and chance of becoming pregnant start after 3 months of delivery. You may conceive with first ovulation and remaining amenorrhea in the assumption that it is because of lactation. So, consult before that for contraception.
Mothers who breastfeed burn around 300 to 500 extra calories per day as compared to those who give formula feed and researches have shown that they do tend to slim down faster.
To conclude important points to be considered by our mothers are initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life; exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months i.e. infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink or even water; breastfeeding on demand i.e. as often as the child wants and no use of bottles, teats or pacifiers to have a healthy mother with healthy baby for whole life.