Thursday, July 12, 2012

Breast Feeding of Newborn

 Dr Deepika Tiwari, Gynecologist, Gurgaon 9911821669


Breast milk is the best nutrition for babies. The World Health Organization recommends that babies are fed only breast milk for their first six months, and that breast-feeding then be continued as part of a mixed diet until the age of two years. A vitamin D supplement is recommended for all breast-feeding women and for breast-fed babies.
On average, breast-fed babies have fewer infections in their early life. The main reason for this is that antibodies are passed in the breast milk from mother to baby. Antibodies are proteins that help to fight infection. Breast-fed babies have less diarrhoea and vomiting, and fewer chest and ear infections, compared with babies who are not breast-fed. Breast-feeding enhances the bonding process between baby and mother.
There is now good evidence from research studies that, on average, the following health problems in later life are less common in those who had been breast-fed compared with those who had not: obesity and overweight; high blood pressure; high cholesterol level; eczema; type 2 diabetes; leukaemia; asthma. ref

It is recommended to start breast feeding as soon as practical after the baby birth. Colostrum is an important source of antibodies for the newborn. Some women have difficulty in initiating breast feeding. Such issues can be easily treated with supportive care , and some counselling by the gynecologist.

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