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Breastfeeding a baby

Breastfeeding A Baby
  • Breast milk is the healthiest form of nutrition for a
    new-born. In the early days of breastfeeding, you will notice the milk will
    have a slight yellowish color. This milk is also known as colostrum or liquid
    gold & is rich in nutrients and anti-bodies, which are essential for the
    baby
  • Babies have an immature digestive system and
    find it easy to digest breast milk, especially during the first 6 months
Simple techniques
  1. Make sure, you are seated comfortably. Remember a breastfeeding session can last up to 45 min
  2. You may sit on a chair with good back support. Use pillows to prop you up. You may also choose to sit on a comfortable couch
  3. Keep a bottle of water next to you. Breastfeeding can make you feel thirsty. So you can keep having your fluids as this would also ensure adequate supply of milk
  4. Once you are in position, bring the baby towards you and hold it in a way so that your tummies touch
  5. You may use a nursing pillow or a regular pillow for support. This will ensure that there is less strain on your arms
  6. It is important that you help your baby get a good latch. This will ensure that you don’t suffer from sore & painful nipples
  7. A good portion of the areola, or the darker portion of the breast should be in baby’s mouth
  8. Once the baby starts feeding, you will be able to hear the swallowing and will notice your newborn’s ears wiggle
  9. If during the session, baby needs a break or you need to change the breast, make sure you gently break the suction by slipping a finger in the corner of the baby’s mouth
  10. Once you are done with feeding allow the milk around the nipples to dry naturally
TIPS
  • A baby may want a breast feed every 2 hr, especially during the first month. As the baby ages, this frequency would come down
  • Studies have shown that breastfeeding helps release certain hormones in the mother’s body which cause a surge in emotions of trust, love and affection. Hence, this is a great way to bond with the baby.  

These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist. Refer to the terms of use.

Dr. B.N. Sinha

Ayurveda Expert,

Dr. B.N. Sinha has been a practitioner and an avid patron of Ayurveda for 20 years now. He specializes in lifestyle disorders and chronic disease management. Due to his keen focus on spreading awareness about his discipline, Dr. Sinha has played a pivotal role in several educational institutions. He retired as Dean, University of Delhi, Principal A & U Tibbia College, New Delhi

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