- Breastfeeding is know to strengthen baby's immune system
- It also protects the newborn against common ailements
- Breastfeeding should go on at least for the first 6 months
According to official WHO figures, if every child is breastfed till the age of two with exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, it could lead to saving close to 8,000,000 kids from dying annually. Breastfeeding is also deemed beneficial for the mother as well, it aids in reducing the extra weight gained during the pregnancy. A hormone called oxytocin is released during breastfeeding which may also help the uterus return to its post-pregnancy state. Breastfeeding is also known to reduce the risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer.
1. Breastfeeding strengthens baby's immune system and protects against common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, et cetera.
2. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes and post-partum depression in women.
3. "Adolescents and adults who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese," WHO
4. Kids who breastfeed are found to perform better later in life and are less likely to develop ailments like diabetes.
5. After the first six months the child can slowly be introduced to solid foods like mashed fruits and veggies. This doesn't translate to lesser dependence on breast milk; solid foods should complement breastfeeding, not phase it out.
Post pregnancy diet
- It is always better to go for low-fat milk and milk products. Yogurt, buttermilk and fermented foods are excellent.
- Make sure you get enough vitamin D in your diet for better calcium absorption and stronger bones.
- Refined items and processed foods should be avoided. Go easy on fried and spicy foods.
- Load up colourful foods like berries, citrus foods, green leafy veggies. The more colourful your plate looks, the better it is for your health.
- Whole grains are essential as they are laced with fibre, good carbs and are dense with energy. These should also be a part of your regular diet.
- Lastly, nutrients like iron, B vitamins, protein and omega 3 should be included in your diet. Nuts, seeds, legumes, lentils, beans, lean meats, poultry should therefore be consumed regularly in moderation.
Get in touch with your medical practitioner for more details and to understand what would suit your individual needs the best.