Lactation: myths, facts & diet

As soon as you know you are going to be a mother soon, you are showered with lots of advices about what to eat what not to eat. What is good for you and your baby.

Often new mother get confused what is right or wrong for her and baby.

Let’s have some points on this topic what is good for a new mom and her baby.

Your health depends on what you eat and drink and your child’s nutrition starts right from the womb!! So it’s really important for any pregnant woman to EAT RIGHT and HEALTHY, to avoid maternal and child complications during and post delivery.

Let me clear one most prevailing myth i.e. “you should eat for two now!!!”

No that’s not needed, you should eat how much you want to less or more, it’s your body you knows how much food you and your baby need.

Important point to remember are:

  • Balanced healthy diet is most important, especially the micro nutrients like fiber, fluids, vitamins and minerals
  • Regular exercise (as per your doctor’s suggestion)
  • Physical active lifestyle
  • Stress free mind

All these points keeps you healthy and helps you in prevention of pregnancy disorders like:

  • High maternal weight gain
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-term delivery
  • Big baby and many such complications that can affect lactation part a big way

To avoid all such complications it’s important that pregnant woman and her family understand how much the DIET is equally important as any medications and supplements.

Good quality antenatal diet helps in production of good quality breast milk post delivery!!

Diet post delivery:

First it’s most important to know-

“Exclusive Breastfeeding is not a choice, it’s a responsibility!!”

Exclusive Breastfeeding is mandatory for new born, irrespective of the mode of delivery and the post delivery diet. What is lagging today’s scenario is women’s self determination and busy life to do exclusive breastfeeding.

Diet during Lactation, common facts and myths.

Myths

  • A LSCS mother would not be able to breastfeed because she was nil stomach
  • Water intake should be strictly restricted for the mother
  • Mother should not eat pulses, certain veggies and fruits which may affect the baby’s health and digestion
  • Certain food indulge in LSCS suture healing
  • Plenty of ghee based and dry fruits desserts will enhance milk production

Facts:

  • Any new mother can do exclusive breastfeeding irrespective of her mode of delivery and her diet status
  • Plenty of fluids is mandatory for the mother to enough hydrated to do feeding 24/7
  • Balanced diet of all food groups is mandatory to keep the mother away from constipation, to cope up with blood loss, to be nutritionally healthy enough to nurture one more life

Lactation Foods :

  • Plenty of protein based foods like pulses, legumes
  • 4-5 liter of fluids per day excluding juices
  • Iron rich foods like GLV, ragi, soya, pomegranate, watermelon, poha etc.
  • Milk and milk products, 1ltr / day
  • It’s important to avoid more of simple carbs to avoid mother taking additional calories
  • No dieting till the mother completes 6 months of exclusive  breastfeeding

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Lactation Golden Rules :

  • Exclusive breast feeding till 6 months of age and continue till one year minimum and if possible 2-2.5 years
  • No formula milk or cow’s milk till one year of baby’s age
  • Never use feeding bottle

These were some really good and important points get to know in the discussion with doctors at  Apollo Cradle

Hope this helps all new mothers. Coming soon with breast feeding positions for new moms.

Breast-Milk- The Liquid Gold

When you become a mom you had a beautiful bonding with your baby from the womb , as the little one takes her first breath outside your womb the first thing your baby wants is the liquid gold from her mom.

Yes those few drops of breast milk from her mom is precious, it’s the liquid gold!

Breastfeeding is so important for every mom and baby and creating awareness for importance of breastfeeding is much-needed today.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Apollo Cradle taking initiative by creating awareness and educating people about the importance of breastfeeding.

It was a great experience where Dr. Aparna Jha cleared our doubts and helps us understand more about the benefits of breastfeeding and Dr. Srividya and Dr. Mohanieshwari help us with proper knowledge of  nutrition during Lactation and best position for feeding baby while C-section. 

Speakers:
Dr. Aparna Jha, Sr. Consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician.
Dr. Srividya, Nutritionist and lactation expert.
Dr. Mohanieshwari, physiotherapist , Child birth

Some really good points doctors take in the discussion and would love to get them pinned here for all.

Stages and types of Breast milk

colostrum yellow colour milk which secretes in the first three days after delivery.

  • It is rich in IGA antibodies which has anti-infective actions.
  • Lactoferrin,which is immunomodulator, also has tropic action on intestinal growth.
  • Casein having anti-adhesive property.
  • Oligosaccharides- prevents bacterial attachment.
  • Cytokines- Anti-inflammatory.

Foremilk and Hindmilk- milk which starts secreting after three days of delivery.

  • Rich in carbohydrates, fats, proteins, growth factors, enzymes and nucleotide.
Benefits of breast milk to the infant:
  • Best possible nutrition to infant.
  • Reduces the chances of chronic disorders like insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, childhood cancer , obesity and overweight, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease.
  • Reduces the chance of acute infection like diarrhea, otitis media, urinary tract infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, septicemia, infant botulism.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for more than six months is an independent predictor of better medical health through childhood and adolescence.
  • It also improves the cognitive development of the baby, studies have shown Breast fed babies have better IQ then non-breast fed babies.

Benefits of Breast milk to the Mother during Lactation:

  • Skin to skin contact of the mother and the baby increases the bonding.
  • Breastfeeding releases oxytocin hormones, which helps in reducing the size of uterus faster and thus reduce bleeding post-delivery.
  • Breastfeeding also releases prolactin hormones which keeps the mother relaxed and helps her to sleep better.
  • Breastfeeding enhances the weight loss post delivery.

 Long term health benefits for mother:

  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer
  • Also reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Reduces the severity of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis.

Contra-Indication of breastfeeding : 

  • There is no absolute contra-indication of breastfeeding.
  • Relative contra-indication are –  HIV positive status of the mother, full-blown active tuberculosis and herpes infection of the nipples site.

Now as we all know now days there are lot of people who are ready to give free advice to a new mom, and their comes lots of myths too. Let’s know what doctor have to say about the myths.

Myths about breastfeeding:

  • colostrum should be discarded well it the power House of immunity and should definitely be provided to baby.
  • Even after breastfeeding baby cries because it is not getting enough milk -baby cries does not always mean hungry baby, it generally cries for warmth of mother
  • Baby needs water apart from breast milk – mother foremilk contains enough water and so baby does not need any kind of external fluid for its healthy survival.
  • Mother cannot breastfeed when she is sick – mother may breast-feed even when she is sick.
  • Mother has to stop breastfeeding if she conceives mother can continue breastfeed just taking care of her nutrition.

This discussion is endless with lot more points to be cleared and I was feeling really good to got this chance to learn more about breastfeeding and spreading a word through my blog.

Would love to share details about breastfeeding position and nutrition diet that should  be given to every mother after delivery.

Stay tuned for my next blog😊