12 Important Things About Breastfeeding No One Told You

12 Important Things About Breastfeeding No One Told You
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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.

1) Breast milk is the healthiest food for infants.

1) Breast milk is the healthiest food for infants.

It contains antibodies in abundance that protects the babies from a number of diseases.

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2) It helps in cognitive development of the baby.

2) It helps in cognitive development of the baby.
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Breast milk boosts the intelligence quotient of newborn baby.

3) Breast milk gets easily digested by the infants.

3) Breast milk gets easily digested by the infants.
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It provides natural immunization against diseases, infections and illnesses.

4) Breast milk is beneficial to both mother and the baby.

4) Breast milk is beneficial to both mother and the baby.
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It contains Vitamin A, D, C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12 Biotin, Niacin and Folic acid.

5) Breastfeeding reduces the risk of Cancer in mothers.

5) Breastfeeding reduces the risk of Cancer in mothers.
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It reduces the risk of diabetes and asthma in the newborn baby.

6) Lack of breastfeeding can lead to allergies and diseases in baby.

6) Lack of breastfeeding can lead to allergies and diseases in baby.
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Babies can even suffer from obesity due to lack of breastfeeding.

7) You should never store breast milk.

7) You should never store breast milk.
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Storing breast milk can degrade its quality. It's better to feed the baby right from the source.

8) Certain medications can also affect the quality and supply of breast milk.

8) Certain medications can also affect the quality and supply of breast milk.
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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.

9) Certain hormonal control methods can also affect breast milk production.

9) Certain hormonal control methods can also affect breast milk production.
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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.

10) You can also improve the milk supply by increasing the number of times you feed the baby.

10) You can also improve the milk supply by increasing the number of times you feed the baby.
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Mother's milk production works on the demand-supply concept. Babies must be nursed 8-12 times in 24-hour period.

11) There are certain foods that boost the supply of milk.

11) There are certain foods that boost the supply of milk.
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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.

12) Certain foodstuff can hinder the supply of breast milk.

12) Certain foodstuff can hinder the supply of breast milk.
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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.