• Monika Garg

Breast fed Babies are Healthy Babies

A mother’s milk is the best gift a child receives and a parent can offer. Nutrients from the breast milk are better absorbed in the baby than any other food. Colostrum, the relatively clear, thin pre-milk secreted just after a mother gives birth, is rich in antibodies help to increase baby’s immunity to disease. Mother’s milk can supply the baby’s complete nutritional needs for up to six months and further boost resistance to infections. Breast milk is composed of fine digestible globules and contains all the proteins, vitamins and minerals that the baby require. It also provides essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that are important components of human brain and nervous system. Breast milk is composed of fine digestible globules and contains all the proteins, vitamins and minerals that the baby require. It also provides essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that are important components of human brain and nervous system. Breast milk has its own advantages as it is a free, portable and hygienic baby food, available all time and there is no need of any cooking or preparation. It is available whether you are travelling or not able to go to kitchen. Medical evidences also suggest that women who have breastfed their babies have a slightly lower chance of developing breast cancer. A nursing mother should continue to eat the healthy and balanced diet, recommended during pregnancy, to maintain an adequate supply of milk to feed baby. A deficient diet will not disturb the nutrient content of milk but can reduce the quantity of milk and leave adverse effect on mother’s health. To achieve breast milk’s right composition body can draw nutrients from mother’s body. A diet which includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, oily fish, lean meat, pulses, nuts and whole grains will provide all the required vitamins, minerals, protein and energy. A lactating mother needs around 2-3 liters of fluid in form of water, fruit juices, milk and beverages to meet the milk secretion requirements. Breast milk can be adversely affected by what a nursing mother eats and drinks. Alcohol passes into breast milk and can make a baby sleepy and unable to suckle efficiently. Caffeine in tea, coffee and cola may affect breast milk and make babies nervous and irritable, with disturbed sleep pattern.Drugs taken by mother can reach babies, soshe should always consult her doctor before taking any medication.

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