How many of you wake your baby up and feed them because you think it has been a long time since they have last eaten? How many of you think that breastfeeding is a choice? How many of you were told that ghee will increase your milk supply? How many of you were forced to discard your colostrum? How many of you think it is necessary to wean your baby off because they will get used to your breast? How many of you struggle while sitting and feeding your baby? Well, if you had doubts, you will surely find your answers and more below.
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1st to 7th of August 2018), Apollo Cradle, Brookfield, Bangalore, conducted a session for new mothers wherein they gave them insights on the benefits of breastfeeding, the myths associated with it and also the possible positions you can breastfeed your baby. Mrs. Srividya Arvind (Sr. Clinical Dietician), Dr. Mohanieshwari (Physiotherapist, Child birth Educator & Lactation Consultant) and Dr. Aparna Jha (Sr. Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician) team up together and educate mothers to be and new mothers about what is expected from them once they conceive.
Dr. Aparna made it clear that most of the time a mother does not lactate because she is mentally not willing to, she has stressed herself out or she really has a medical issue. It is recommended to start breastfeeding as soon as your child is born. Colostrum, which is the yellowish colour milk secreting from your breast in the first three days immediately after delivery, is rich in immune cells and many antibodies which prevent various types of sicknesses like respiratory tract infections, etc. Thereafter, foremilk and hind milk are rich in carbohydrates, fats, protein, growth factors, enzymes and nucleotides and have a whole lot of benefits. Firstly, you save money buying expensive formula milk which is said to spoil easily. The comfort of feeding your baby at anytime and anywhere without the hassles of preparing the formula milk is relieving. Besides bonding with the warmth of the mother, the breastfed babies are said to have a stable personality, low chances of acute infections, allergies, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. On the other hand, the mother experiences reduced bleeding, enjoys better sleep, loses weight easily and reduces the chances of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.
Facts revealed and Myths corrected:
Mrs. Srividya gave tips on controlling what the mother eats in order to deliver a healthy baby and not just a big baby. A balanced diet is a must for all mothers to be and new mothers because your child’s nutrition starts right from the womb. Eating right does not only keep you and your child healthy but also avoids maternal and child complications during pregnancy and post-delivery. Mrs. Srividya also warned mothers everywhere that general lactation diets found on social media or on the internet may not hold good for every one because every mother has a different family history, different medical history and a different body. She also mentioned that well-breastfed babies do not tend to be fussy as they grow.
Lastly, Dr. Mohanieshwari emphasises on feeding the baby on demand and discourages waking up the baby to feed. Wrong latching results in breast engorgement or cracked or sore nipples and therefore educates mothers about the four important positions of breastfeeding as below:
Cradle position – The most common position wherein the baby is held comfortably with one arm supporting its head, neck, back and bottoms. For example, if the baby is being fed from the left breast, the mother uses her left hand to hold the baby.
Cross-cradle position – This is similar to the cradle position but the mother holds the baby with the opposite arm wherein her palm holds the baby’s head. For example, if the baby is being fed from the left breast, the mother uses her right hand to hold the baby while keeping her left hand free to shape breast or guide the baby to latch on.
Clutch position – This position is also called rugby or football hold wherein the mother holds the head of the baby in her palm while the baby rests on the mother’s side, with their body and feet tucked under the mother’s arm. This position is advantageous for mothers who have undergone a caesarean section since it places no or limited weight on the mother’s chest and abdomen area.
Side-lying position – This position is apt for mothers who are unable to sit comfortably. The mother lies down on her side while the baby is parallel to her.
Did you know that over 2 million babies can be saved every year if breastfed within one hour of birth? Did you know that mothers who breastfeed are 50% more protected from rheumatoid arthritis? Did you know that you as a partner can help by creating a comfortable and stress-free atmosphere around the breastfeeding mother? At good maternity homes, efficient doctors will work with you to support your breastfeeding experience in a number of ways. They will answer all your questions with regards to breastfeeding and it is advisable to attend the available seminars held to know more about breastfeeding and handling your baby post-delivery. But in the end, it is only you who can keep yourself and your baby healthy and free from various sicknesses.
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with Apollo Cradle, Bangalore.