BREASTFEEDING MILK-Immortal Nectar for Baby
Letsbuilddestiny support and encourage breast feeding
we are going to see today Breast feeding benefits and Importance of Breast feeding baby
Hey my friends, Welcome to letsbuilddestiny- A powerful Platform to share powerful thoughts.
Today again here we are going to discuss one of the very important and worth sharing thought about breastfeeding. Today we learn something new.
So, Let’s change someone’s life in a positive direction. Let’s bring positive change in the community.
Today’s article is educational and it’s about taking steps to spread awareness and giving our contribution to this society we are living.
To read this article in Gujarati : click here
Today’s topic is about Breastfeeding. It may be possible that you quit reading after seeing this topic name. You feel that what’s a big deal! You might feel its not my cup of tea or It’s not worth reading and sharing. But I request you to please read it till the end. spend your 10 minutes reading and sharing this as it might help someone or it might give new life to some small baby. give these 10 minutes for others or the community.
Remember that day when you came to know that you are going to be a father or mother. Maybe while reading this you are in that golden period. What feeling you have you simply can’t describe you can only feel that moment. Being a parent is the best feeling in the world. After being a father of a little cute Girl named Riyanshi I feel that it is a very awesome feeling. Yes, but being a father and mother is a responsible job also. My daughter is on breastfeed and I know its benefits and I have experienced its benefits. But I met some people who simply not doing breastfeeding or Not able to do breastfeeding. There are lots of misunderstandings regarding breastfeeding and sometimes I feel people just don’t aware of this wonderful thing.
So, in this topic, we will discuss everything. Even I am going to share my suggestions also regarding problems many people facing. Even we faced many problems so now it’s our responsibility to improve those things.
So, let’s start
“Payo amruta rasam peetva kumarste shubhanane||
Deergam aayuh apavnotu devah prashyamrutam yathah||”
Meaning: As deities and god have obtained longevity by consuming nectar that is Amrut .Your child should also get longevity by consuming your breast milk that is also nectar
So,as per Ayurveda Breast milk is nectar for small babies
Adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood is essential to ensure the growth, health, and development of children to their full potential. Poor nutrition increases the risk of illness, and is responsible, directly or indirectly, for one third of the estimated 9.5 million deaths that occurred in 2006 in children less than 5 years of age
Brest feeding is also known as Immortal nectar for the infants or small babies. It provides also necessary nutrients baby needs to grow healthy. Now a day’s doctors encourage to do breast feeding as it provides excellent immunity to child.
Here some points from WHO & UNICEF
WHO and UNICEF’s global recommendations for optimal infant feeding as set out in the Global Strategy are:
- Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (180 days) nutritionally adequate and safe complementary feeding starting from the age of 6 months with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Exclusive breastfeeding means that an infant receives only breast milk from his or her mother or a wet nurse, or expressed breast milk, and no other liquids or solids, not even water, with the exception of oral rehydration solution, drops or syrups consisting of vitamins, minerals supplements or medicines.
Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months has been found to reduce the risk of diarrhea and respiratory illness compared with exclusive breastfeeding for 3 and 4 months respectively.
Complementary feeding is defined as the process starting when breast milk is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional requirements of infants, and therefore other foods and liquids are needed, along with breast milk. The target range for complementary feeding is generally taken to be 6 to 23 months of age,1 even though breastfeeding may continue beyond two years.
This is the main difference between two. As per my own personal experience I can say that Yes, Breast feeding is indeed Immortal Nectar for babies.
So again, here is the article of breast Milk Composition. Spend some time to read it. I can say that you will be surprised to see that. After reading this you will also say yes, it is Immortal Nectar for babies. Just have look
Breast Milk Composition:
Breast milk contains all the nutrients that an infant needs in the first 6 months of life. It is easily digested and efficiently used.
· Vitamins and minerals
· Anti-infective factors
Pregnant ladies must have to take care of their diet. To ensure that she is getting proper nutrition. so that she is not deficient of any vitamins and minerals
Breast milk also contains bio active factors that augment the infant’s immature immune system, providing protection against infection. Other factors that help digestion and absorption of nutrients.
For more details Click Here.
Colostrum and mature milk
- Colostrum is the special milk that is secreted in the first 2–3 days after delivery.
- It is produced in small amounts, about 40–50 ml on the first day (12), but is all that an infant normally needs at this time.
- Colostrum is rich in white cells and antibodies, especially sIgA, and it contains a larger percentage of protein, minerals and fat-soluble vitamins (A, E and K) than later milk.
- Vitamin A is important for protection of the eye and for the integrity of epithelial surfaces, and often makes the colostrum yellowish in colour.
- Colostrum provides important immune protection to an infant when he or she is first exposed to the micro-organisms in the environment, and epidermal growth factor helps to prepare the lining of the gut to receive the nutrients in milk.
- It is important that infants receive colostrum, and no other feeds, at this time.
- Milk starts to be produced in larger amounts between 2 and 4 days after delivery, making the breasts feel full; the milk is then said to have “come in”.
- On the third day, an infant is normally taking about 300–400 ml per 24 hours, and on the fifth day 500–800 ml .
- From day 7 to 14, the milk is called transitional, and after 2 weeks it is called mature milk.
Animal milks and infant formula
Animal milks are very different from breast milk in both the quantities of the various nutrients, and in their quality.
For infants under 6 months of age, animal milks can be home-modified by the addition of water, sugar and micro nutrients to make them usable as short-term replacements for breast milk in exceptionally difficult situations, but they can never be equivalent or have the same anti-infective properties as breast milk.
After 6 months, infants can receive boiled full cream milk.
Infant formula is usually made from industrially modified cow milk or soy products.
During the manufacturing process the quantities of nutrients are adjusted to make them more comparable to breast milk.
However, the qualitative differences in the fat and protein cannot be altered, and the absence of anti-infective and bio-active factors remain.
Powdered infant formula is not a sterile product, and may be unsafe in other ways.
Life threatening infections in new-borns have been traced
Soy formula contains phyto-oestrogens, with activity similar to the human hormone oestrogen, which could potentially reduce fertility in boys and bring early puberty in girls.
I am writing all these to make you aware of importance of breast milk. What is difference between Breast Milk and Infant formula
Let’s Dive deep into this and see what actually controls this process?
Hormonal Control of milk production
There are two hormones that directly affect breastfeeding:
A number of other hormones, such as oestrogen, are involved indirectly.
- Necessary for the secretion of milk
- The level of prolactin in the blood increases markedly during pregnancy in preparation for the production of milk
- However, milk is not secreted then, because progesterone and oestrogen, the hormones of pregnancy, block this action of prolactin.
- After delivery, levels of progesterone and oestrogen fall rapidly, prolactin is no longer blocked, and milk secretion begins.
- When a baby suckles, the level of prolactin in the blood increases, and stimulates production of milk
- During the first few weeks, the more a baby suckles and stimulates the nipple, the more prolactin is produced, and the more milk is produced.
- This effect is particularly important at the time when lactation is becoming established.
- More prolactin is produced at night, so breastfeeding at night is especially helpful for keeping up the milk supply.
- Prolactin seems to make a mother feel relaxed and sleepy, so she usually rests well even if she breastfeeds at night.
- frequent breastfeeding can help to delay a new pregnancy. (Click Here for details)
- Breastfeeding at night is important to ensure this effect.
- Responsible for the ejection of milk.
- Milk is ejected in fine streams.
- Oxytocin is produced more quickly than prolactin.
- It makes the milk that is already in the breast flow for the current feed, and helps the baby to get the milk easily.
- Oxytocin starts working when a mother expects a feed as well as when the baby is suckling.
- The reflex becomes conditioned to the mother’s sensations and feelings, such as touching, smelling or seeing her baby, or hearing her baby cry, or thinking lovingly about him or her.
- If a mother is in severe pain or emotionally upset, the oxytocin reflex may become inhibited, and her milk may suddenly stop flowing well.
- If she receives support, is helped to feel comfortable and lets the baby continue to breastfeed, the milk will flow again.
This is why we have to support every breastfeeding mother. Everyone at their home must make breastfeeding mother happy and not let her work harder for few months after pregnancy.
- It is important to understand the oxytocin reflex, because it explains why the mother and baby should
- be kept together and why they should have skin-to skin contact.
- Oxytocin makes a mother’s uterus contract after delivery and helps to reduce bleeding.
- The contractions can cause severe uterine pain when a baby suckles ,during the first few days.
Signs of an active oxytocin reflex
Mothers may notice signs that show that the oxytocin reflex is active:
- A tingling sensation in the breast before or during a feed;
- Milk flowing from her breasts when she thinks of the baby or hears him crying;
- Milk flowing from the other breast when the baby is suckling;
- Milk flowing from the breast in streams if suckling is interrupted;
- Slow deep sucks and swallowing by the baby, which show that milk is flowing into his mouth;
- Uterine pain or a flow of blood from the uterus;
- Thirst during a feed.
If one or more of these signs are present, the reflex is working.
However, if they are not present, it does not mean that the reflex is not active.
The signs may not be obvious, and the mother may not be aware of them.
Psychological effects of oxytocin
- Oxytocin induces a state of calm, and reduces stress.
- It may enhance feelings of affection between mother and child, and promote bonding.
- Pleasant forms of touch stimulate the secretion of oxytocin, and also prolactin, and skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after delivery helps both breastfeeding and emotional bonding
After interview with many mothers I came to know that they left breast feeding as they were facing so many difficulties and no one is there to explain them importance of breast milk and to encourage them for breast feeding.
We are Lucky enough to have Great paediatrician with us at the time of birth of our daughter
Dr Manish Mehta Sir, Ahmedabad, India, at the time of birth of my daughter who encouraged us to go for breast feeding. He told us that do breast feeding for 20minutes. Don’t worry or breast milk quantity, if you don’t do this then you baby will never have breast milk so he encouraged us lot. We hereby show our gratitude to him for this golden advice.
And after reading all articles regarding infant care and feeding I feel that what will happen if we gave up with breast feeding? After all it’s an immortal nectar for babies.
Do You want to read about this topic ? Difficulties While Breast feeding and Its Solution.
Then comment below. Will write one article on this.
Hope You Like this information and get answer of why breastfeeding is nectar for babies ?
Now all of you will definitely encourage breastfeeding, support breastfeeding after all it is an nectar for babies
Follow us on
To download WHO book from which this article has been composed
Keep Smiling. Stay Safe. Stay Motivated. Stay Happy
We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!
Let us improve this post!
Tell us how we can improve this post?