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The Nursing Basics

The Nursing Basics

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2015)

On the occasion of World Breastfeeding week being observed worldwide, MediMetry brings expert tips on nursing basics and why breastfeeding is important for healthy growth of your baby.

The “World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)” has declared theme for this year’s breastfeeding week to be: “Breastfeeding and Work: Let us make it Work”! This theme reiterates the importance of breastfeeding by putting additional importance on work-life balance for a new mom!

It is recommended by doctors all around the world that you should breastfeed your baby for atleast first 6 months, helping your baby build a strong base for healthy living. Let us look at some advantages of breastfeeding:

  1. Appropriate content of nutrients required for the baby’s strong and nurtured health
  2. Antibodies to fight infections and initial stages of childhood illnesses
  3. Babies who are breastfed during the initial 6 months of their infancy have lower chances of diseases such as stomach infections, respiratory illnesses, ear troubles, meningitis.
  4. Your milk is tailored by your body for your baby’s needs
  5. Enhanced IQ in your baby

In addition to the above listed factors, nursing helps build a strong emotional bond too between the mother and the child.

The immunity factor

The first milk a mother’s body produces is known as colostrum and it contains a substance known as “secretory immunoglobin A (IgA) in large quantities. This substance provides immunity to the infant by forming a protective coating on the mucous membrane on infant’s intestine, nose and throat. Researchers have proved that the amount of this substance gradually reduces and is found in high quantities only during the initial days of nursing.

But it has also been proved that the protection created by nursing stays beyond the nursing days. It has been proven by studies that a child who is breastfed in his infancy has higher chances of fighting some common diseases even during the early childhood growth days.

How does it help the mother?

Nursing is beneficial for the mother too, how? Let’s explore:

  1. Lower chances of postpartum depression
  2. Reduction in mother’s stress levels
  3. Enhances calorie burning and helps you burn the pregnancy weight
  4. Save you from chances of cancer such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer
  5. Reduced risk of osteoporosis

All said and done, breastfeeding is indeed a beneficial activity for the infant and the mother. Full support should be provided for helping the mother in doing so; but the mother’s should also be careful and should consult their doctors before starting breastfeed. If you are suffering from HIV or tuberculosis, your doctor would certainly recommend against it to avoid transferring the infection. If you are facing trouble with nursing, you should certainly get in touch with the lactation consultant.

Wishing new mothers and prospective mothers a happy world breastfeeding week! Let us share the benefits of nursing and spread the word!

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