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    Importance of Breast Milk

    Breast milk is the first nutrient to an infant. It is the newborn's privilege and the mother's pleasure to breast feed her baby. Termed as lactation, the secretion of milk from breasts is beneficial for both the mother and the child in a number of ways. Breastfeeding is prerequisite for the growth of the newborn. It should never be avoided, because it is considered the most divine way to show love to a newborn. Ayurvedic scholars have praised the importance of breast milk, due to the myriad health benefits associated with it. In Ayurveda, breast milk is termed as nectar, through which the infant recognizes his/her mother. Moreover, nursing helps create a strong emotional bond between a mother and her newborn. Read on to know the importance of breast milk in Ayurveda.

    Significance Of Breast Milk
    • According to Ayurveda, breastfeeding is the easiest and the healthiest way to feed a newborn, as the milk is rich in nutrients.
    • Breast feeding reduces the chances of infection and increases the immunity of the baby
    • Breast milk contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which aid the baby's digestion.
    • The amino acids - the building blocks of proteins - present in breast milk are well balanced for the baby. These proteins aid the proper functioning of the baby's intestinal tract.
    • Breast milk is rich in lymphocytes and macrophages, which protect the newborn against intestinal inflammation.
    • Breast milk is a rich source of iron, which can be easily absorbed by the infant better than any other source of the mineral.
    • Breast milk promotes the overall health of the baby, which is one of the motives of Ayurveda.
    • Since mother's milk is available at the optimum temperature that is most suitable for the infant, it is free from all possible sources of contamination.
    • The immunoglobulins (antibodies) present in the breast milk protect the baby from upper respiratory infections and gastro intestinal infections. This is the reason why breast fed babies stay healthier than their formula fed counterparts.
    • Studies suggest that the amino acid trptophan present in breast milk helps the baby to acquire sound sleep during the night time.
    • The hormone prolactin, responsible for the production of breast milk, functions as a natural tranquilizer for the mother and baby alike.
    • Formula-fed children are likely to become obese, when they reach the stage of adolescence. On the other hand, those fed with breast milk are less likely to be obese at their teenage.
    • Breast feeding plays a pivotal role in preventing various kinds of digestive diseases in the infant, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Childhood cancers are also prevented by breast feeding.


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    Re: Importance of Breast Milk

    Breastfeeding benefits

    Breastfeeding is considered as the most integral activity that the mother undertakes for the health and development of the child. Incalculable amounts of benefits are derived from the mother’s milk in the form of vital nutrients, antibodies, etc that protect the child post-birth and help in the prevention of various child-related diseases.

    The benefits derived from the breastmilk for the child are immense. Some of them have been enumerated below:

    1) Protection against diseases – Breastmilk provides natural protection and in developing immunity against diseases like diarrhea, vomiting, gastroenteritis, necrotizing entercolitis, childhood diabetes, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia, etc. The mother’s milk through the presence of vital nutrients and antibodies helps in the development of immunity system of children.

    2) Healthy development of the baby – Breastfeeding assists in the development of better IQ of the children, better vision and speech abilities and increasing the chances of better bone formation.

    3) Emotional development – Breastfeeding also plays an important role in the emotional development of the child as the child feels cared for and secured through the process of breastfeeding by the mother. The relationship and warm bonding developed between the child and mother goes a long way in the emotional and psychological development of the infant.

    4) Increasing the child’s ability to digest food – The breastmilk provides a layer on the intestines of the child during the growing years that prevent formation of the bacteria and reduces chances of allergies.

    5) Vital nutrients – Vital nutrients like Vitamin E, iron, etc are present in abundance in the mother’s milk. This reduces the chances of illnesses like anemia that arises due to the deficiency of Vitamin E and Iron.

    6) Reduction in obesity – The feeding of child with mother’s milk reduces the chances of obesity and related disorders.

    The benefits of breastfeeding for the mothers have been discussed below:

    1. Reduction in risk posed by cancer – certain cancers like that of breast, cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers are reduced when a mother breastfeeds her baby.

    2. Protection against diseases – Risk of a number of common illness that are experienced by women like anemia, osteoporosis, hip fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, etc are known to reduce among mothers breastfeeding their child.

    3. Assisting in natural child spacing – Breastfeeding mother who is not ovulating during breastfeeding is able to space the time between two children naturally.

    4. Faster recovery from weight gain during pregnancy – women who have gained weight during pregnancy have better and faster recovery. They are able to reach the pre-pregnancy period faster through breastfeeding. Manufacturing of milk in a mother’s body requires burning of calories that reduces the fat stores.

    5. Emotional health development – Breastfeeding helps in creating ever-lasting special bond between the mother and child.

    Thanks and regards,

    Seema


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    Re: Importance of Breast Milk

    Here is an article i got from Aval Vikatan its really amazing information, about breast milk.


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    Re: Importance of Breast Milk

    Even the mom gets sick like cold or fever,Its recommended to brestfeed the baby because through the breast milk the antibodies are passed to the baby Which helps the baby to improve its immunity.

    Even baby's alergy can be determined through breast milk. If Mom takes too much diary products in the first months of the baby , the baby may contract milk allergy or sometimes lactose intolerant. so During Breast feeding, Moms Should be twice careful as they were in pregnancy.

    And the important fact is whatever medicines MOM takes the baby will also get the effect of the medicine and all the ingredients can be passed to the baby through breast milk. So beware MOM before taking any medicines even for the common cold while you breast feed. Because what may be a regular common cold drug for the MOM may not be a correct drug for the baby which can cause serious effects and even be fatal. Never take any Medicines be it homeopathy or English medicines without doctors consent, not even our parents or elders in our house says its ok.

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