Lactation is a blessing many women enjoy. Nature nurtures your little one with the purest nectar- breast milk. The baby is so small and its digestive tract is yet to get strong. Breast milk is the best nutrition a mother can offer to her baby for next six months from birth.
Breastfeeding is healthy for both mother and child
The child grows well, the immune system and gut both develop stronger, IQ and cognitive development of the child are good. The lactation also helps mother lower risks of type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers, and heart attack. These benefits appear to increase for women who breastfeed longer according to research published; June 21, 2017, Journal of the American Heart Association, online.
A good personal hygiene is essential for mother during lactation
Your breasts are a source of nourishment as well as prone to possible infection if you ignore these simple details while lactating.
Dirty breasts are a harbinger of germs causing diarrhea, gas, loss of appetite and vomiting in the baby. It is important that the mother takes a bath once and preferably twice a day. Washing the breast with clean wet towel and drying is important after each feed.
Be careful of your habits during breastfeeding
Most importantly, avoid alcoholic beverages, tobacco chewing smoking, strong unprescribed medications, and narcotics while breastfeeding as maternal milk transmits all these toxins to the baby and can impair health.
Wear comfortable bras
Wearing soft cotton bras and blouses helps sweating and bacterial growth around the skin of breasts. Changing undergarments and blouses regularly is highly recommended.
Mothers experience breast leakage during lactation. The milk spill on bras and blouses is a source of bacterial growth and we counsel lactating mothers to use breast pads or soft cotton fabric on nipples. Changing these pads and fabric regularly is important.
Be clear about your nipple health
The nipples crack or become soggy and latching is painful or difficult for the baby if the nipples are not dried of milk spills. Applying a nipple cream or coconut oil after cleaning the breasts in-between feeds is suggested, but wiping off the residue is important before breast feeding the baby.
Reach out for support & guidance
A mother who is breastfeeding her baby requires a lot of support. She requires an experienced guidance as well as a hands-on member to help her taking care of herself as well as domestic chores until she is confident to take charge of her baby and herself, duly.
At Paras Hospitals, we provide holistic suggestions to expectant and lactating mothers and our team of experts encourage breast feeding and provide the best updates on lactation – it’s benefits for mother and child, good ending posture, latching on techniques as well as personal hygiene of mother during breast feeding.