A new baby changes life forever.
Throughout your baby's upbringing, you will make many decisions that affect
your baby's life. Unlike many other possible complicated decisions,
breastfeeding is the natural and undoubtedly one of the best decisions you can
make for the baby. Breastfeeding has been endorsed by World Health Organization
as well as scientific organizations as the best way to feed your infant. It is
recommended that infants should be exclusively breastfed
for the first 6 months
of their life; they should receive complementary foods thereafter with
up to 2 years of
age or beyond.
So what makes breast milk so unique?
Breast milk is an amazing substance that cannot be duplicated by any artificial
technology. It is a natural first food for babies. However, it has been seen
that adolescent mothers could be more vulnerable to discontinuing exclusive
breastfeeding (EBF) before 6 months and that their mothers may exert a negative
influence on this practice.
Hence, a randomized clinical
trial was conducted in adolescent mothers and grandmothers to see the effect of
counseling on the duration of exclusive breastfeeding. This study was published
in the Nutrition Journal
In the study, 323 adolescent new
mothers and their mothers were included in the study. There were five
counselling sessions for some of the mother and grandmother pairs, in the
maternity hospital and on follow-up.
At the end of the study, it was
concluded that counselling
in the first four months of children's lives proved to be
effective in increasing EBF duration among adolescent mothers.
of breastfeeding for babies:
ideal balance of nutrients
that is easily digested
by an infant.
substances essential for optimal development of the infant's brain, with
effects on cognitive as well as sensory functions.
the course of time, to meet the changing requirements of the growing child.
mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea
infant with immune factors which aids in fighting allergens
, illnesses and chronic
of breastfeeding for mothers:
Helps to space children.
Reduces the risk of ovarian
Helps you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy
Slows down the return of your period.
Initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of life.
Do not give any supplemental feeds which includes even water unless it is
Breastfeed on demand i.e., as often as the child wants, day and night.
Do not use bottles or pacifiers
are some dietary tips that a mother should adopt while breastfeeding:
variety of whole grains as well as fruits and
proteins such as meat
in your diet.
variety of different foods.
yourself well hydrated with water and fruit or vegetable juices.
consumption of caffeinated drinks or alcohol
Breastfeed your baby for that wonderful bonding
experience, one that you are bound to cherish forever!
1. Counselling sessions increased duration of exclusive breastfeeding: a randomized clinical
trial with adolescent mothers and grandmothers, Nutrition Journal
2. Breastfeeding tips, information and advice - http://www.babycenter.com/breastfeeding-basics