Breastfeeding & Lactation

Breastfeeding is feeding a child human breast milk. Lactation is the secretion of milk from the mammary glands.

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hii.. i gve breastfeed to my baby to one hr bt still woh bhuka reh jata ha nd mjhe formula milk drna padhta ha ..people says srf apna pilao bt uska pet nhi bhartaa mjhe dena hi pad jata haa..m bht tension me rehti ho ki uska pet kyu nhi bhar rhaa..yaa aisaa hotaa ha strting me?

Hi moms Help plz! Mujhe breastfeeding karne m problem horai hai bht..mera nipples inverted hai or breast heavy hai..jiske waje se mera baby bilkul grip nai le paraha h.mai bht try karti hu..even syringe se milk squeeze kar k deti hu..but no works se km hota ha ja raha h... Plz plz reply nd help

Hello friends mera baby boy 1 half months ka hai kya main baby ko cow milk de sakti hun kyuki mera bm se pura hota

Best breastfeeding positions

Once you and baby are set up, try one of these five best breastfeeding positions: 1. Cradle hold Position your baby so his or her headrests in the bend of your elbow of the arm on the side you'll be breastfeeding, with the hand on that side supporting the rest of the body. Cup your breast with your other hand, placing your thumb above your nipple and areola at the spot where your baby’s nose will touch your breast. Your index finger should be at the spot where your baby’s chin will make contact with the breast. Lightly compress your breast so that the nipple points slightly toward your baby's nose. Baby’s now ready to latch. 2. Crossover hold Hold your baby's head with the hand opposite to the breast you’ll be nursing from (i.e. if nursing from the right breast, hold the head with your left hand). Rest your wrist between your baby’s shoulder blades, your thumb behind one ear, your other fingers behind the other ear. Using your free hand, cup your breast as you would for the cradle hold. 3. Football hold Also known as the clutch hold, this position is especially useful if you have: Had a C-section and want to avoid placing your baby against your abdomen Large breasts A small or premature baby Twins Position your baby at your side, facing you, with baby's legs are tucked under your arm (yes, like a football) on the same side as the breast you're nursing from. Support your baby’s head with the same hand, and use your other hand to cup your breast as you would for the cradle hold.                                                                                                 4. Laid-back position (“biological nursing”) This one can be particularly helpful for moms who have smaller breasts, for newborns, and for babies with super-sensitive tummies or excess gas. Lean back on a bed or couch, well supported by pillows in a semi-reclining position, so that when you put your baby tummy-to-tummy onto your body, head near your breast, gravity will keep him or her molded to you. Your baby can rest on you in any direction, as long as the whole front of the body is against yours and he or she can reach your breast. Your infant can naturally latch on in this position, or you can help by directing the nipple toward your little one's mouth. Once the baby is set up at your breast, you don’t have to do much besides lie back and relax. 5. Side-lying position This position is a good choice when you’re breastfeeding in the middle of the night. Both you and your baby should lie on your sides, tummy to tummy. Use your hand on the side you’re not lying on to cup your breast if you need to. When using this position, there should be no excess bedding around the infant that could pose a suffocation hazard. This position shouldn’t be used on a recliner, couch or water bed for that same reason.                                                                                                   Content Source  Featured Image Source 

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My baby not sleeping well. Everyone says milk insufficient😑.. I sit whole day and night with her ... she sleeps in arms...when I put her down or I cradle she wakes up and start making sounds,Sucking fingers. Etc.. Dunno how to overcome this. Mine is C section ad needs to be lay down for 10 days atleast . Asked to sit only for feeding and havingfood..

Don’t feel guilty if you are unable to breastfeed!

We were ecstatic when we came to know that I was expecting. We had been trying for some time and were really looking forward to expanding our family. I took good care of myself during my pregnancy and had an uneventful pregnancy, for which we were grateful. My pregnancy passed in the wink of an eye and soon we were blessed with a daughter. However, little did I know that the guilt trip was just beginning.   Difficulty in latching I had a C-sec and the first day after giving birth passed in an anesthetic haze. On the second day, when the nurse got our daughter for breastfeeding, I followed her instructions and tried to latch my baby. After a few frustratingly unsuccessful tries, the nurse soothed me saying that we would try later. By the evening, however, I had become a nervous wreck as I kept fearing that the baby will not latch or that the milk will not come and my baby will not have the best start to life as we had envisaged. But, fortunately, she latched on and started sucking.   Feeling inadequate Soon we were home and I started feeding my baby every two hours. But I noticed that my little one was not gaining any weight and seemed to be forever sucking on my breast making them sore. She seemed to be hungry all the time and the situation continued. Increasingly, I started feeling anxious, inadequate and a part of the “breastfeed at all costs” creed. “Where was the milk?” I kept wondering to myself as I started researching and ordering products to increase the milk supply. Some products seem to work in the starting, but soon the results wore off and I was back to square one. When I mentioned my condition to my sister, she offered to take me to a lactation expert. The doctor saw my condition and immediately told me that first I should not feel guilty about not being able to breastfeed my daughter. She said that if I continued like this, I would start suffering from post-partum depression (PPD), a serious mental disorder. She further added that there were numerous reasons why a woman has limited milk production.   There is a reason Some of the reasons that she outlined took me by surprise. She said that normal growth processes at times lead to insufficient glandular tissue which means that we may not have sufficient milk ducts. However, this issue can be resolved with the help of pumping, continuous lactation and medicines and might not be there in subsequent pregnancies. Another reason that she cited was hormonal or endocrine problems like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid imbalance, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, stress, or other problems. The resolution of the condition may improve milk supply, but still, supplementation would be needed. Even, new mothers on the birth control pill may notice their milk production dwindling. Sometimes, some medications, especially those used during labor, may also affect the production and supply of breastmilk leaving the baby unsatisfied.  In some people, the reason may be more physical. Anatomical issues, sucking difficulties or previous breast surgery may also deplete the milk production. Additionally, infrequent feedings, introducing formula milk too early, stopping night feedings, not taking the correct diet, becoming pregnant again, and taking alcohol or smoking are among other reasons that may contribute to lower milk supply. After that she handed me a brochure which clearly mentioned that 12 to 15 percent of women, that is a startling 1 in every 8 women, experience disrupted lactation which leaves their babies hungry and them feeling guilty. Whatever is the reason, but if you have a low milk supply, you do not need to feel guilty and you can give formula feed to your baby. Nowadays so many infant milk formulas are available and they contain various essential nutrients that your baby needs to grow.   It is perfectly fine Nobody told me that it is possible that some women have a limited milk supply and that it is perfectly normal. But, let me tell you this and also tell you that whether you are able to breastfeed or not, you would make a terrific mother. Believe in yourself as you have a new life to nurture.

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Hello friends .....my baby dont sleep at night ...she wants to be in lap but when ever i take her in my lap she want milk if I don't give she start shouting and get irritating ....is it ok to feed baby after 1/2 hr or even sometime with in 15 mints ....all babies behave like this or some thing is wrong with my baby ?

Hllo mummies, my baby is 6 month bt he's not drink milk only breast feeding can I mixed bourn vite in his milk to chng milk colour and taste?

I have 6 month child who depends on breastfeeding but today a dog bite to me ..can I give breast milk to my child

Foods to avoid during breastfeeding

You remained on a healthy diet and avoided many foods for nearly 9 months thinking about the safety of your baby. Now when the baby is finally here, your protective instincts will get more strengthened. Therefore, it is normal to wonder if there are foods to avoid while breastfeeding as particles from the food you eat make their way through the breast milk to your newborn system. Given below are some of the foods that nursing or breastfeeding mothers should completely avoid and why: Seafood: In present times, mercury levels are high in different water bodies which get translated to high levels of mercury in seafood. High levels of mercury are present in shark and king mackerel, unlike other seafood which have lower levels of mercury. Hence doctors advice nursing mothers to completely avoid seafood. Processed food while breastfeeding: Processed foods are quick and easy to prepare especially when you have a baby. But these foods contain preservatives and additives that are toxic for the baby. Additives can also make the baby colic and cause some allergies. Your baby can also turn fussy. Spicy food and flatulence causing food: Spicy food and flatulence causing foods can cause a shift in your baby’s reaction. Though this research is in its rudimentary stage, it would help keep a diary of your diet and your baby’s behavioural change. Sugar and artificial sweeteners: On the whole, it is safe to consume sugar and artificial sweeteners, but in moderation. You can use it occasionally in your food. There are several internal barriers that prevent the baby from consuming excess sugar. The sugar first passes through your blood vessels, plus your baby should want to consume it. As of now there is no conclusive theory to prove that artificial sweeteners are bad for the baby, but it’s best to consume it occasionally. Caffeine and breastfeeding: Avoid consuming caffeine as it can make your baby agitated and prevent your baby from sleeping. You can consume two – three cups of coffee a day, but consult your doctor on the same. Alcohol consumption while breastfeeding: Alcohol consumption during pregnancy and post pregnancy is a complete, NO. Even the smallest amount of alcohol can hamper your child’s growth. If you want to consume a glass of alcohol, stop breastfeeding till the alcohol is completely washed from your system. Meat and non- vegetarian products: Meat that has fat absorbs toxins, plus it makes you gain unhealthy weight. It is recommended to consume lean meat for healthy living.   Content source Featured image source

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10 foods to increase lactation

Lactating women often face issues when they are unable to meet their baby's milk demand. Here are 10 foods that can help to increase lactation in breastfeeding moms- Water OK, so water is not technically a food, but it is the most essential aspect of ensuring you will have an adequate milk supply. According to studies, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. You do not need to drink gallons a day, but you do need to be adequately hydrated. 8 glasses (64 ounces) of fluid a day is an absolute must. In the early stages of your breastfeeding journey its a necessity to have a bottle of water next to where you are going to nurse. You might not be thirsty when you sit down, but it is not uncommon to be overwhelmed by thirst after a few minutes. Oatmeal Oatmeal is fantastic for building and maintaining your milk supply. Whether you enjoy a hearty bowl of hot oats in the morning or you sprinkle granola on your yogurt, make sure you are eating some oats. You already know that oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol and can aid blood pressure regulation, but increasing your supply is another awesome benefit of chowing down on oats. Cookies Not just any cookie, but special lactation cookies. This recipe has been making the rounds for decades, and we are sharing it with you.  Garlic You don’t need to go overboard, but adding garlic to your foods not only adds another layer of deliciousness, it also boosts your milk supply. Garlic has been used by nursing mothers for centuries to help boost their milk. A modern bonus for moms who don’t like garlic: garlic pills are commercially available and are said to have no aftertaste. Carrots Get your Bugs Bunny on, mama! Carrots are full of beta-carotene, which just happens to be in extra demand when you’re lactating. Carrots are a healthy source of carbohydrates and will boost your potassium, too. Snacking on carrots is also a great way to help you lose some of that stubborn baby weight. Peel and slice a bag of carrots at a time and store them in your fridge for easy snacking. Fennel Whether you sauté it, stew it, or toss it raw into a salad, fennel is an herb that is widely believed to be an excellent galactagogue. If you particularly dislike anise or black licorice, this herb is not for you. For those with an adventurous palate, fennel is full of healthy phytoestrogens. Bonus for those with queasy stomachs—fennel is also known to be fantastic for aiding digestion and settling an upset belly. Nuts Sometimes being a new mom can make you feel a little nuts. Take a breather, grab a handful of nuts, and enjoy a snack that will help your supply. Cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts are the most popular choices for giving your milk a boost—they’re also high in good fats and antioxidants. Read labels and go for raw nuts when possible. Many commercially available nuts are heavily oiled and salted—opt for low sodium, or salt-free versions when possible. Green Papaya Yes, we’re talking about eating unripe papaya… In Asia, green papaya is a traditional galactagogue. If you have a favorite Thai restaurant, order Som Tam, which is a green papaya salad. If you’re not a fan of Thai food, try steaming or stir-frying on high heat until tender. Green papaya is also available in tablet form. Sesame Seeds Sesame seed bagels are delicious, and we’ve all had a burger on a sesame seed bun, but you need to get more than just a dash of seeds to help boost your milk. Tahini is a delicious buttery paste made of sesame seeds that you can add into recipes and sauces for a Middle Eastern flair. For those with a sweet tooth, halvah is a delicious sesame seed snack—just don’t eat too much of it because it’s also loaded with sugar. Sesame seeds are not only tasty but high in calcium to boot. Ginger Do you still have ginger ale, candied ginger, and ginger pops left over from your days of morning sickness? They won’t be going to waste after all--ginger is another widely used milk-boosting food. Many Asian and Indian recipes call for ginger, so expand your menu and try cooking some international cuisine. If you’re tired and have no time, enjoy a few ginger snaps instead. Featured Image Source

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Breastfeeding benefits after 6 months

Now that you have made it to six months breastfeeding you might be wondering if there are any breastfeeding benefits after 6 months? Well the answer is yes, all the same benefits that your baby already gets from breastfeeding continue past six months and beyond. While it is recommended to introduce solid foods somewhere around the half yearly mark there is no reason to stop breastfeeding. At this point breastfeeding is probably very easy for you. During this time you can really enjoy the breastfeeding relationship that you have established with your baby. There are a lot of strange rumors floating around out there about reasons to stop breastfeeding past a certain age. In truth, there is no reason to stop at six months or even a year. I know when I had my first baby I kept hearing switch to cow’s milk at one year old. Now I am not really sure why I heard this at all. I suppose if you are formula feeding cow’s milk is cheaper and it makes sense to switch. If you are breastfeeding there really is no reason. My daughter hated cow’s milk and I was worried about it but her pediatrician assured me it was not needed. So, we kept on nursing until she decided to wean. I realize now that breast milk was much more nutritious so I am happy with the way it turned out.

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Healthy diet plan for breastfeeding mothers

Most Important Tips for Successful Breastfeeding 1. Have Lots of Porridges Why? Because they are easy to digest. According to Indian traditional method, nursing women are given kheers/soups more than usual food, though your dietician will tell you, eat whatever you want. You have to eat a lot and digest it too. These special porridges prepared for Indian women by their moms has many galactogouges like Cumin, fenugreek seeds, poppy seeds, Ghee, almonds etc. You will not get bored of eating. 2. Stay Away from Spicy and Oily Foods Though they say whatever you eat has no direct impact on baby, it is not true. Your baby will show you how your eating affects him/her. The spicy and oily food upsets baby’s stomach, and provides no significant amount of nutrients. 3. Eat Short Meals Frequently If you eat heavy 2-3 meals, your digestive system will suffer. so take small meals with increased frequency. 4. Early Morning and Late Night Kheer Take one bowl of kheer at night just before sleeping and also one more just after getting up. The Date Kheer/Almond Kheer/Aliv Kheer are best for nursing mothers. List of Foods Must to Have: Secret of Successful Breastfeeding Below are the foods you should include in your diet. For details on Healthy Foods for Breastfeeding these 1. Fenugreek Seeds Indians are lucky to get fresh fenugreek Leaves and Seeds, in rest of the world nursing mom take fenugreek supplements. The sprouted seeds are blessing for you during 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. Add fenugreek sprouts to your regular subzi everyday. Or just try stir fry of it with onion and garlic. They do not taste bitter due to sprouting. 2. Garlic Use Garlic in all your curries and soups 3. Cumin Seeds, Poppy Seeds and Fennel Seed They are Galactogogues 4. Bottle Gourds Gourds help to boost milk production. 5. Dill Leaves Healthy for you and baby 6. Almonds Soak them in water overnight and have them in morning, make your baby more intelligent. 7. Coconut Water Full of nutrient and keeps you hydrated 8. Milk and Desi Ghee Desi Ghee for DHA and Milk for Calcium. You must have these to avoid any knee and back pain in future. 9. Edible gum/ Dink (Gondh) They make yours and baby’s bones stronger 10. Water After whatever you eat, water is must to digest and to make milk from it. 11. Whole Grains Sprouted Sprouted grains are much more healthier than usual dry grains. Try Wheat/Ragi/Bajra/Jowar. Make flour of sprouted and dried grains. Use it for making porridges. Moringa Leaves They are super healthy. Try Shatawari Kalp after first 3-4 months of exclusive breastfeeding. Let your body make milk from the healthy regular food before you try any supplements.  

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