Breastfeeding is very essential for growth and development of the baby. Breast milk has an optimal balance of fat, sugar, water and protein. Many new moms worry whether or not their babies are getting enough milk to meet their growing needs. Certain things must be considered to ensure a proper supply of breast milk.
A breastfeeding lady must eat healthy food, drink lots of water and take sound sleep to ensure proper supply of milk to the baby. There are certain foods that ensure a good supply of milk while there are other foods that hinder the milk supply. Check out these 12 things about breastfeeding no one told you about.
It contains antibodies in abundance that protects the babies from a number of diseases.
Breast milk boosts the intelligence quotient of newborn baby.
It provides natural immunization against diseases, infections and illnesses.
It contains Vitamin A, D, C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12 Biotin, Niacin and Folic acid.
It reduces the risk of diabetes and asthma in the newborn baby.
Babies can even suffer from obesity due to lack of breastfeeding.
Storing breast milk can degrade its quality. It's better to feed the baby right from the source.
You must check the ingredients of meds if you're allergic to something. Allergic ingredients can drastically affect the quality and supply of breast milk. Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in cold medications that can decrease the production of breast milk.
Some hormonal birth control methods especially estrogen containing pills can affect the supply of breast milk. You must opt for birth control methods that have progestin only such as Mirena IUD, the shot (Depo-Provera), the implant (Implanon) and the mini-pill.
Mother's milk production works on the demand-supply concept. Babies must be nursed 8-12 times in 24-hour period.
You must include carrots, barley, drumsticks, salmon, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, basil leaves, black sesame seeds, garlic, fennel seeds, oats, almonds, apricots, cow's milk and chickpea in your diet to ensure proper supply of breast milk.
Breastfeeding women should never consume raw onion, raw mango, lettuce, cabbage, pineapples, berries, oranges, alcohol, tea/coffee, strong herbs and spices as these foods hamper the supply of milk. Share this important information with everyone you care.