Breast Feeding Week

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It is a boon for you as well as your baby from almighty, so don’t let hearsay stop you from nursing.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is held every year for the period of one week (1 to 7 August). This programme is organised by WHO and UNICEF promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) which was formed in the year 1991 with the goal to re-establish a global breastfeeding culture and provide support for breastfeeding everywhere.

It is no doubt that it the best gift that you can give to your baby. Breast milk provides your baby with all essential nutrients, boosts their immunity and IQ. It not only provides nutrition but is a weapon to fight against range of illnesses. It is easily digested and breast fed babies have healthier weights as they grow. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome by about half.

But did you know breastfeeding offers mother a host of benefits; it helps you lose pregnancy weight faster, burns calories and protects from breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding your baby reduces risk of developing chronic diseases like type I diabetes, celiac disease (disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine) and Crohn's disease (it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, includes abdominal pain, diarrhoea). Women who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis because of body’s mechanism to effectively absorb calcium. The breast feeding increases the level of oxytocin in our body which helps uterus contract, reducing post-delivery blood loss plus aiding uterus return to its normal size more quickly.

So even when this wonder gift is doing no harm to any soul there are so many stupid myths that prevent women from breast feeding their tiny tots. There is stark dependence on supplements and cow milk.

Here are few myth busters

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You should not nurse when you are sick.

Truth is, there is no reason to let the sniffles stop you. Viral infections spread through airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes. There is no scientifically proven way that baby can catch viral infections like cold etc., through breast feeding. If the studies are to be believed bottle fed babies tend to fall prey to infections as compared to breast fed babies. So it is basic courtesy to maintain basic personal hygiene such as washing hands properly, covering your nose and mouth with hands or tissue or handkerchief while sneezing and coughing. Don’t let this trivial hearsay deprive your child from backbone of good health.

You need to eat a lot more

Like seriously? Common! There is no proven scientific theory while tells lactating mothers need to stuff themselves with tonnes and tonnes of food. There is no link between more you eat more milk you will produce. The only proven scientific fact in this regard is nursing mothers need about 600 calories extra than average womenfolk. And that can be easily be obtained by having healthy balanced diet. There is no need to have ghee rich ladoos, fats and milk.

It’s normal for nursing to hurt

The answer is not always! At beginning it is common to feel discomfort because you are getting used to something new. But sometimes this pain might point out to fact there is something wrong with your feeding technique. If you are not able to get right latch breast feeding technique by yourself ask your gynaecologist for help. Also check for sore or cracked nipples, or it can be thrush (a yeast infection on nipples that usually spreads by baby’s mouth) or mastitis (when milk flows in large quantities from duct to the breast tissue).

Modern Formulas Are Similar To Breast Milk

No they are not, not even close!

This is false! These supplements are manufactured to imitate the contents of breast milk, but they cannot compete with nature as breast milk contains living cells, enzymes, antibodies and hormones and is purest form of nutrition without any alteration. Formulas are developed for all categories of babies and therefore cannot serve the differences in the needs of any single baby, while this is not so with breast milk because it changes according to changing needs of baby.