Young parents learn the do’s and dont’s; mothers get vital information on lactation
NewZNew (S A S nagar) : Fortis ‘Mamma Mia’ today celebrated World Breastfeeding Week by organizing an interesting quiz and games session for both young couples, including many new parents. The session, which was led by Dr Ganga Anand, Lactation Consultant & Childbirth Educator at Fortis Mamma Mia (Mohali), helped the mothers develop a healthy breastfeeding relationship with their baby.
Dr Ganga said, “According to WHO, breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants and as a global health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.”
She added that breastfeeding not only has health benefits but is also a natural bonding experience for both mother and the baby and, therefore, it is said to be not only the transfer of milk but also the transfer of smell, touch, warmth and feelings to your baby.
Dispelling myths surrounding breastfeeding via a quiz, she said modern infant formula is not similar to breast milk. “Although breastfeeding is encouraged and in past decades the breastfeeding rates have increased, but as a new parent there could be lot of challenges that one may face and the highest priority is the baby’s comfort and this is where the bottles & pacifiers are introduced to soothe the baby,” she shared. She said it’s a myth that most women don’t produce enough milk to breastfeed. “In fact, a newborn normally needs 10-12 feeds a day in the first month. And Mother Nature has ensured that the new mommies can feed the baby optimally, both for the baby and her good health,” Dr Ganga clarified.
Educating young parents on how to determine if the baby is consuming enough milk, the Fortis Lactation Consultant said, “Your baby’s stools should be yellow and loose, the little one should empty the bladder often and steadily gain weight. If any of this is not happening, you need to talk to an expert.”
Breastfeeding mothers burn close to 500 extra calories per day, encouraging the fitness conscious mothers to breastfeed. “It is important to ask for assistance before you give up breastfeeding. Parents who wish to use bottles and pacifiers may benefit from education on importance of frequent suckling in establishing and maintaining milk supply and the benefit of breastfeeding exclusively for six months of life,” she concluded.
Key Benefits of breastfeeding:
- It strengthens the bond between mother and the baby
- It helps the uterus contract after delivery
- It reduces the risk of breast cancer