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World Breastfeeding Week: Many Health Benefits For Lactating Mother, Child

World Breastfeeding Week celebrated in the first week of August (1 to 7) every year is marked to encourage breastfeeding, which improves the health of both the babies and mothers around the world

World Breastfeeding Week: Many Health Benefits For Lactating Mother, Child
Highlights
  • As per the experts, breastfeeding should start within an hour of birth
  • Breastfeeding helps to shed pregnancy weight: Padma Shri Dr Alka Kriplani
  • Breastfeeding, best bonding time between a mother and a child: Dr Kriplani

New Delhi: With many moments of hugs and giggles promised ahead, the little one has come with a wave so strong, making her the best of being a woman– the mother she is becoming. Motherhood and entering the world of breastfeeding can be the most phenomenal phase in a woman’s life. World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated in the first week of August (1 to 7) every year, is marked to encourage breastfeeding, which improves the health of both, the babies and mothers around the world.

It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF, and other organizations to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

According to Padma Shri Dr Alka Kriplani — Director & Head, Centre for Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Obstetrics & ART, Paras Hospital Gurugram — every second of post-birth counts as it provides the best outlet of development for the baby.

Breastfeeding, as per the doctor, is “essential during the golden hour” as it provides a host of benefits that greatly impacts the health of both mother and child.

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It contributes to neonatal immunity, thermoregulation, decreases stress levels, and improved mother-newborn bonding. Babies, who have breastfed, have lower rates of asthma, diabetes, childhood leukemia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. An adequate amount of breast milk acts as a shield against diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Apart from all this, breastfeeding also helps regulate the baby’s body temperature and breathing. Mothers should continue breastfeeding in the times of corona too as it is pivotal for strengthening child’s immunity, explained Dr Kriplani.

Shedding light to the current scenario that is amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Akta Bajaj, Sr Consultant, and head- Obstetrics, and Gynecology, Ujala Cygnus Healthcare, said: “mothers are more inclined to give formula milk or animal milk as a substitute.”

While this practice makes it convenient to feed the infant formula impacts their health. Breastfeeding is good for the mother’s health and it helps to shed the pregnancy weight. It’s the best bonding time between a mother and a child. Normally, the flow of breastmilk in a new mother is less during the initial hours but as the baby keeps suckling, the flow gradually increases, she explained.

Dr Bajaj further noted, “Our lack of knowledge of mechanisms of the human body makes us give up at this juncture thinking that the amount is not enough. The formula is harder to digest for a new baby. It stays in the stomach longer than breast milk, which may cause your baby to feed less often and could cause a decrease in your milk production. Supplementing with formula, especially from a bottle, may change your baby’s suck pattern at the breast.”

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Dr. Amita Shah, Senior Consultant and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Columbia Asia Hospital stressed on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding up to six months as it allows the infants to access and “easily digestible and suitable form of protein, sugar, and fat for the unique needs of a newborn.”

Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), structurally complicated sugar molecules unique to human breast milk, are the third most abundant solid component in human milk after lactose and fat and act as a prebiotic that promotes the development of the gut microbiota, a key influencer of allergic disease. Breast milk is also full of antibodies that help the newborn fight infections caused by viruses and bacteria, Dr Shah said.

Also Read: Breast Milk Could Help Prevent Heart Disease In Premature Infants: Study

Explaining more, Dr Shah said, “Colostrum, the first milk, is thick, particularly rich in protein that provides high amounts of immunoglobulin A (IgA) as well as several other antibodies. That is why breastfeeding should start within an hour of birth. Babies who are breastfed as infants have lower rates of ear infections, pneumonia, stomach viruses and diarrhea, cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia, bowel diseases such as Crohn’s, asthma, allergies, eczema, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).”

Dr Shah noted the many benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, including a reduction in the risk of “breast or ovarian cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.”

It helps in burning calories and quickens uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster, thereby hastening the postpartum healing rate. Lactating mothers should be careful about their diet as it will have an impact on the breastfed baby.

They should take high protein foods such as whole grains, dried and fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, eggs and chicken and also drink a lot of water, fresh fruit juices, tender coconut, lassi and lime juice to maintain the right level of hydration. However, lactating mothers should avoid alcohol at all costs, suggested Dr Shah.

Also Read: How Did This Chhattisgarh District Become The ‘Breastfeeding Champion’ Of The Country

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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