Breast Feeding

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A breast self-exam that you do for breast awareness helps you understand the normal look and feel of your breasts. If you notice a change in your breasts that seems abnormal or if you notice one breast is different when compared with the other, you can report it to your doctor.

There are many conditions that can cause changes in your breasts, including breast cancer.

Although the breast self-exam technique isn’t always a reliable way to detect breast cancer, a significant number of women report that the first sign of their breast cancer was a new breast lump they discovered on their own. For this reason, doctors recommend being familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts.

Risks

A breast self-exam for breast awareness is a safe way to become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts.

However, there are some limitations and risks, including:

  • Anxiety caused by finding a lump. Most of the changes or lumps women find in their breasts aren’t cancerous. Still, finding something suspicious in your breast can make you anxious about what it may mean. You may endure several days of worry until you can see your doctor.
  • Additional tests and procedures may be necessary to check out lumps or changes. If you discover a suspicious lump, you may end up having imaging test such as a diagnostic mammogram or a breast ultrasound, or a procedure to remove breast tissue for examination (biopsy). If it turns out the lump was noncancerous (benign), you might feel that you’ve undergone an invasive procedure unnecessarily.
  • Overestimating the benefits of self-exams. A breast self-exam isn’t a substitute for a breast exam by your doctor (clinical breast exam) or a screening mammogram. Becoming familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts can supplement breast cancer screening, but can’t replace it.

Discuss the benefits and limitations of being familiar with the consistency of your breasts with your doctor.

How you prepare

To prepare for your breast self-exam for breast awareness:

  • Ask your doctor for a demonstration. Before you begin breast self-exams for breast awareness, you may find it helpful to discuss the instructions and technique with your doctor.
  • If you menstruate, choose a time in your cycle when your breasts are least tender. Your hormone levels fluctuate each month during your menstrual cycle, which causes changes in breast tissue. Swelling begins to decrease when your period starts. The best time to perform a self-exam for breast awareness is usually the week after your period ends.

What you can expect

Begin with a visual examination of your breasts

Sit or stand shirtless and braless in front of a mirror with your arms at your sides. To inspect your breasts visually, do the following:

  • Face forward and look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in size, shape or symmetry.
  • Check to see if your nipples are turned in (inverted).
  • Inspect your breasts with your hands pressed down on your hips.
  • Inspect your breasts with your arms raised overhead and the palms of your hands pressed together.
  • Lift your breasts to see if ridges along the bottom are symmetrical.

If you have a vision impairment that makes it difficult for you to visually inspect your breasts, ask a trusted friend or a family member to help you.

Next, use your hands to examine your breasts

Common ways to perform the manual part of the breast exam include:

  • Lying down: Choose a bed or other flat surface to lie down on your back. When lying down, breast tissue spreads out, making it thinner and easier to feel.
  • In the shower: Lather your fingers and breasts with soap to help your fingers glide more smoothly over your skin.

When examining your breasts, some general tips to keep in mind include:

  • Use the pads of your fingers: Use the pads, not the very tips, of your three middle fingers for the exam. If you have difficulty feeling with your finger pads, use another part of your hand that is more sensitive, such as your palm or the backs of your fingers.
  • Use different pressure levels: Your goal is to feel different depths of the breast by using different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Use light pressure to feel the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs. Be sure to use each pressure level before moving on to the next spot. If you’re not sure how hard to press, talk with your doctor or nurse.
  • Take your time: Don’t rush. It may take several minutes to carefully examine your breasts.
  • Follow a pattern: Use a methodical technique to ensure you examine your entire breast. For instance, imagine the face of a clock over your breast or the slices of a pie. Begin near your collarbone and examine that section, moving your fingers toward your nipple. Then move your fingers to the next section.

If you have a disability that makes it difficult to examine your breasts using this technique, you likely can still conduct a breast self-exam. Ask your doctor to show you ways you can examine your breasts.

Results

What’s normal

Many women find lumps or changes in their breasts, since some of these are normal changes that occur at various points in the menstrual cycles. Finding a change or lump in your breast is not a reason to panic. Breasts often feel different in different places. A firm ridge along the bottom of each breast is normal, for instance. The look and feel of your breasts will change as you age.

When to contact your doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice:

  • A hard lump or knot near your underarm
  • Changes in the way your breasts look or feel, including thickening or prominent fullness that is different from the surrounding tissue
  • Dimples, puckers, bulges or ridges on the skin of your breast
  • A recent change in a nipple to become pushed in (inverted) instead of sticking out
  • Redness, warmth, swelling or pain
  • Itching, scales, sores or rashes
  • Bloody nipple discharge

Your doctor may recommend additional tests and procedures to investigate breast changes, including a clinical breast exam, mammogram and ultrasound.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

The following are the recommended guidelines for breast cancer screening by age and risk factor:

Beginning at 16 to 18:

  • Breast self-exam

Breast cancer is one of the few cancers that can sometimes be felt. It is important to become accustomed to how your breasts naturally feel so that you can recognize any abnormalities. Breast tissue can be lumpy, but if you think you feel something abnormal, you should contact your doctor.

20 onward:

  • Annual clinical breast exam

This is typically conducted at your yearly gynaecological or physical exam.

40 onward:

  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Annual mammogram

There is no recommended age at which you should stop receiving annual mammograms, unless you have less than five years of life expectancy due to old age or other illness.

40 onward, with high-risk factors

  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Annual mammogram
  • Breast MRI (or breast ultrasound for those who cannot have an MRI)
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A breast self-exam that you do for breast awareness helps you understand the normal look and feel of your breasts. If you notice a change in your breasts that seems abnormal or if you notice one breast is different when compared with the other, you can report it to your doctor.

There are many conditions that can cause changes in your breasts, including breast cancer.

Although the breast self-exam technique isn’t always a reliable way to detect breast cancer, a significant number of women report that the first sign of their breast cancer was a new breast lump they discovered on their own. For this reason, doctors recommend being familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts.

Risks

A breast self-exam for breast awareness is a safe way to become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts.

However, there are some limitations and risks, including:

  • Anxiety caused by finding a lump. Most of the changes or lumps women find in their breasts aren’t cancerous. Still, finding something suspicious in your breast can make you anxious about what it may mean. You may endure several days of worry until you can see your doctor.
  • Additional tests and procedures may be necessary to check out lumps or changes. If you discover a suspicious lump, you may end up having imaging test such as a diagnostic mammogram or a breast ultrasound, or a procedure to remove breast tissue for examination (biopsy). If it turns out the lump was noncancerous (benign), you might feel that you’ve undergone an invasive procedure unnecessarily.
  • Overestimating the benefits of self-exams. A breast self-exam isn’t a substitute for a breast exam by your doctor (clinical breast exam) or a screening mammogram. Becoming familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts can supplement breast cancer screening, but can’t replace it.

Discuss the benefits and limitations of being familiar with the consistency of your breasts with your doctor.

How you prepare

To prepare for your breast self-exam for breast awareness:

  • Ask your doctor for a demonstration. Before you begin breast self-exams for breast awareness, you may find it helpful to discuss the instructions and technique with your doctor.
  • If you menstruate, choose a time in your cycle when your breasts are least tender. Your hormone levels fluctuate each month during your menstrual cycle, which causes changes in breast tissue. Swelling begins to decrease when your period starts. The best time to perform a self-exam for breast awareness is usually the week after your period ends.

What you can expect

Begin with a visual examination of your breasts

Sit or stand shirtless and braless in front of a mirror with your arms at your sides. To inspect your breasts visually, do the following:

  • Face forward and look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in size, shape or symmetry.
  • Check to see if your nipples are turned in (inverted).
  • Inspect your breasts with your hands pressed down on your hips.
  • Inspect your breasts with your arms raised overhead and the palms of your hands pressed together.
  • Lift your breasts to see if ridges along the bottom are symmetrical.

If you have a vision impairment that makes it difficult for you to visually inspect your breasts, ask a trusted friend or a family member to help you.

Next, use your hands to examine your breasts

Common ways to perform the manual part of the breast exam include:

  • Lying down: Choose a bed or other flat surface to lie down on your back. When lying down, breast tissue spreads out, making it thinner and easier to feel.
  • In the shower: Lather your fingers and breasts with soap to help your fingers glide more smoothly over your skin.

When examining your breasts, some general tips to keep in mind include:

  • Use the pads of your fingers: Use the pads, not the very tips, of your three middle fingers for the exam. If you have difficulty feeling with your finger pads, use another part of your hand that is more sensitive, such as your palm or the backs of your fingers.
  • Use different pressure levels: Your goal is to feel different depths of the breast by using different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Use light pressure to feel the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs. Be sure to use each pressure level before moving on to the next spot. If you’re not sure how hard to press, talk with your doctor or nurse.
  • Take your time: Don’t rush. It may take several minutes to carefully examine your breasts.
  • Follow a pattern: Use a methodical technique to ensure you examine your entire breast. For instance, imagine the face of a clock over your breast or the slices of a pie. Begin near your collarbone and examine that section, moving your fingers toward your nipple. Then move your fingers to the next section.

If you have a disability that makes it difficult to examine your breasts using this technique, you likely can still conduct a breast self-exam. Ask your doctor to show you ways you can examine your breasts.

Results

What’s normal

Many women find lumps or changes in their breasts, since some of these are normal changes that occur at various points in the menstrual cycles. Finding a change or lump in your breast is not a reason to panic. Breasts often feel different in different places. A firm ridge along the bottom of each breast is normal, for instance. The look and feel of your breasts will change as you age.

When to contact your doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice:

  • A hard lump or knot near your underarm
  • Changes in the way your breasts look or feel, including thickening or prominent fullness that is different from the surrounding tissue
  • Dimples, puckers, bulges or ridges on the skin of your breast
  • A recent change in a nipple to become pushed in (inverted) instead of sticking out
  • Redness, warmth, swelling or pain
  • Itching, scales, sores or rashes
  • Bloody nipple discharge

Your doctor may recommend additional tests and procedures to investigate breast changes, including a clinical breast exam, mammogram and ultrasound.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

The following are the recommended guidelines for breast cancer screening by age and risk factor:

Beginning at 16 to 18:

  • Breast self-exam

Breast cancer is one of the few cancers that can sometimes be felt. It is important to become accustomed to how your breasts naturally feel so that you can recognize any abnormalities. Breast tissue can be lumpy, but if you think you feel something abnormal, you should contact your doctor.

20 onward:

  • Annual clinical breast exam

This is typically conducted at your yearly gynaecological or physical exam.

40 onward:

  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Annual mammogram

There is no recommended age at which you should stop receiving annual mammograms, unless you have less than five years of life expectancy due to old age or other illness.

40 onward, with high-risk factors

  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Annual mammogram
  • Breast MRI (or breast ultrasound for those who cannot have an MRI)
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Breast Self-Exam for Breast Awareness

Breast Self-Exam for Breast Awareness

September 29, 2023

A breast self-exam that you do for breast...

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As the omicron wave of Covid-19 pandemic ebbs and subsides, companies are preparing to reopen offices. Naturally, it is a matter of stress for new moms who are contemplating returning to work. While working from home hasn’t been a breeze for new mothers, returning to the office poses a colossal challenge, especially for breastfeeding mothers.

There is no denying that motherhood is a full-time job and on top of that, resuming your office job can be a lot to juggle. At a time like this, many new mothers find themselves at crossroads whether to give up breastfeeding or postpone resuming work. Because of the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, it is recommended to breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first six months and continue upto 2 years along with introduction of solid food as recommended by WHO. Below are some tips and suggestions as to,

How New Mothers Can Continue Breastfeeding When Returning to Work

Practice Feeding from Alternative Methods

Before you resume working from the office, it is best to start practicing feeding your baby from an alternative like a feeding cup or spoon. You should take out time to acclimatize your child with the concept of a feeding cup, so it is easier for the baby to take to the alternative. It is advisable to start alternative feeding methods at least two weeks before returning to work because most babies tend to resist or take time transitioning. Introducing your baby to a feeding cup or spoon can seem like a daunting task at first but with consistent efforts, the baby will get into the habit.

Also, Read: Breastfeeding as a Method of Contraception

Express Breastmilk

New mothers should begin expressing breastmilk so that their childcare provider can feed their baby while they are at work and the mothers should express 3 hourly when at work and that milk can be consumed by the baby in her absence at home. Just as breastfeeding is a skill perfected with time, expressing requires some practice as well. The expressed breast milk can be kept upto 4-5 hours at room temperature 27 degree celcius and fridge upto 24 hours. Direct heating of breastmilk is not permitted as it spoils the milk, use double boiler method of heating when needed.

Apollo Cradle Has the Best Team of Highly Qualified Gynaecologists

 

Invest in a Good Quality Breast Pump

Before new moms rejoin their work, they should buy a good-quality breast pump to express breast milk. Breastfeeding can help prevent diseases like breast cancer and cervical cancer as well as protect the baby against infections so its advised to continue breastfeeding and giving expressed breastmilk to babies. A breastpump can help mother to maintain the breast milk supply and relieve her of engorgement when she is at work. You can collect and store the expressed breastmilk in bottle that can be later fed with a feeding cup or spoon.

Find a Trustworthy Childcare Provider

New moms can alleviate their stress by entrusting the baby to a reliable childcare provider before returning to work. Childcare provider should be hired 15 days to 1 month prior to mother’s joining back to work. Apart from this, one should also conduct a practice session to allow the baby to get comfortable with the childcare provider in your absence. Lastly, be confident in your chosen provider to keep stress at bay while at work.

Also, Read: Myths About Breastfeeding

Take Time for Destressing Activities

The stress of resuming work and being away from the baby can be a lot to cope with. But working moms should not let separation anxiety or working mom guilt get the better of them. Practicing yoga, exercises or mindfulness can help relax the body and mind. While at home, a brisk walk with the baby in a stroller or even alone can also prove beneficial in lowering the stress. It is wise to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed instead of combating the stress alone. Working moms should not ignore their mental health while juggling between work and the baby.

Final Thoughts

Going back to work and trying to fulfill the roles of an employee and a mother can be stressful. Furthermore, being separated from the baby can cause new moms to feel more stressed and guilty. However, continuing to breastfeed the baby can help mothers preserve the bond with their baby and cope better upon returning to work. Instead of feeling overwhelmed about returning to work, breastfeeding mothers should follow the above suggestions and try to come up with a schedule or plan to create a healthy work-life balance.

Also, Read: Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

Apollo Cradle Specialist

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As the omicron wave of Covid-19 pandemic ebbs and subsides, companies are preparing to reopen offices. Naturally, it is a matter of stress for new moms who are contemplating returning to work. While working from home hasn’t been a breeze for new mothers, returning to the office poses a colossal challenge, especially for breastfeeding mothers.

There is no denying that motherhood is a full-time job and on top of that, resuming your office job can be a lot to juggle. At a time like this, many new mothers find themselves at crossroads whether to give up breastfeeding or postpone resuming work. Because of the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, it is recommended to breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first six months and continue upto 2 years along with introduction of solid food as recommended by WHO. Below are some tips and suggestions as to,

How New Mothers Can Continue Breastfeeding When Returning to Work

Practice Feeding from Alternative Methods

Before you resume working from the office, it is best to start practicing feeding your baby from an alternative like a feeding cup or spoon. You should take out time to acclimatize your child with the concept of a feeding cup, so it is easier for the baby to take to the alternative. It is advisable to start alternative feeding methods at least two weeks before returning to work because most babies tend to resist or take time transitioning. Introducing your baby to a feeding cup or spoon can seem like a daunting task at first but with consistent efforts, the baby will get into the habit.

Also, Read: Breastfeeding as a Method of Contraception

Express Breastmilk

New mothers should begin expressing breastmilk so that their childcare provider can feed their baby while they are at work and the mothers should express 3 hourly when at work and that milk can be consumed by the baby in her absence at home. Just as breastfeeding is a skill perfected with time, expressing requires some practice as well. The expressed breast milk can be kept upto 4-5 hours at room temperature 27 degree celcius and fridge upto 24 hours. Direct heating of breastmilk is not permitted as it spoils the milk, use double boiler method of heating when needed.

Apollo Cradle Has the Best Team of Highly Qualified Gynaecologists

 

Invest in a Good Quality Breast Pump

Before new moms rejoin their work, they should buy a good-quality breast pump to express breast milk. Breastfeeding can help prevent diseases like breast cancer and cervical cancer as well as protect the baby against infections so its advised to continue breastfeeding and giving expressed breastmilk to babies. A breastpump can help mother to maintain the breast milk supply and relieve her of engorgement when she is at work. You can collect and store the expressed breastmilk in bottle that can be later fed with a feeding cup or spoon.

Find a Trustworthy Childcare Provider

New moms can alleviate their stress by entrusting the baby to a reliable childcare provider before returning to work. Childcare provider should be hired 15 days to 1 month prior to mother’s joining back to work. Apart from this, one should also conduct a practice session to allow the baby to get comfortable with the childcare provider in your absence. Lastly, be confident in your chosen provider to keep stress at bay while at work.

Also, Read: Myths About Breastfeeding

Take Time for Destressing Activities

The stress of resuming work and being away from the baby can be a lot to cope with. But working moms should not let separation anxiety or working mom guilt get the better of them. Practicing yoga, exercises or mindfulness can help relax the body and mind. While at home, a brisk walk with the baby in a stroller or even alone can also prove beneficial in lowering the stress. It is wise to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed instead of combating the stress alone. Working moms should not ignore their mental health while juggling between work and the baby.

Final Thoughts

Going back to work and trying to fulfill the roles of an employee and a mother can be stressful. Furthermore, being separated from the baby can cause new moms to feel more stressed and guilty. However, continuing to breastfeed the baby can help mothers preserve the bond with their baby and cope better upon returning to work. Instead of feeling overwhelmed about returning to work, breastfeeding mothers should follow the above suggestions and try to come up with a schedule or plan to create a healthy work-life balance.

Also, Read: Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

Apollo Cradle Specialist

Best Gynaecologist in Hyderabad Best Pediatrician in Hyderabad
Best Gynaecologist in Bangalore Best Pediatrician in Bangalore
Best Gynaecologist in New Delhi Best Pediatrician in New Delhi
Best Gynaecologist in Amritsar Best Pediatrician in Amritsar
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Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers Returning to Work

Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers Returning to Work

October 4, 2022

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Everything About Nutrition In Infants

  • When a new-born is born to the first-time parents, most of the parents are very anxious and have many doubts about the health and nutrition received by the baby.
  • They are very eager to meet their paediatrician who can satisfy their curiosity and answer all their doubts.
  • According to WHO (World Health Organisation) breast milk is the first vaccine for the new-born. We promote exclusive breast-feeding to all new-borns for the first 6 months of their life.
  • Baby is put to the mother’s breast immediately after delivery until and unless there are some risk-factors in which we must monitor the baby’s health (respiratory distress, congenital pneumonia etc.)

Also, Read: Breastfeeding as a Method of Contraception

Benefits of Breast-Feeding

  • It promotes better health for mothers and children.
  • It prevents infections like diarrheoa and acute respiratory infections in early infancy and thus reduce infant mortality.
  • It decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
  • It protects infants from obesity-related illnesses, diabetes and increases the IQ
  • Breast milk is also an important source of energy and nutrients in children aged 6–23 months. It can provide half or more of a child’s energy needs between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and one third of energy needs between 12 and 24 months. Breast milk is also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness and reduces mortality among children who are malnourished
 

Complementary Feeding

  • Around the age of 6 months, an infant’s need for energy and nutrients starts to exceed what is provided by breast milk, and complementary foods are necessary to meet those needs. An infant of this age is also developmentally ready for other foods. 
  • start at 6 months with small amounts of food and increase gradually as the child gets older; gradually increase food consistency and variety.
  • Increase the number of times that the child is fed: 2–3 meals per day for infants 6–8 months of age and 3–4 meals per day for infants 9–23 months of age, with 1–2 additional snacks as required.
  • Use fortified complementary foods or vitamin-mineral supplements as needed
  • Continue breast feeding with complementary feeding

Also, Read: World Breastfeeding Week 2022: Importance, Benefits, and History

Common Nutrition-Related Problems in Children

  • Children’s nutritional needs differ from those of adults primarily because they are growing. Accurate assessment of growth and weight is therefore vital in determining nutritional status
  • Common nutritional problems in young children, including:
    • growth faltering (failure to thrive)
    • iron deficiency aneamia
    • rickets
    • constipation
    • food allergy
    • refusal of food

Best Advice Regarding Nutritional Feeding to Promote Infant Health

  • Always monitor the child’s weight and height in regular intervals
  • Discuss child’s feeding history, abnormal feeding behavior with pediatrician during vaccination visits
  • For gaining weight of child, increase the nutrient content of food by making it nutrient dense and adding ghee/jaggery in the food
  • Cow’s milk should be avoided before 12 months
  • Iron rich food should be given till 1yr of life (green leafy veggies, beetroots, yellow and orange fruits, black dates)
  • Vitamin D should be supplemented from birth till 1yr of life (Let child be exposed to gentle sunlight)
  • High-fibre diet containing cereal, fruits, veggies, beans, and pulses should be advised
  • Fluid-intake should be adequate according to the child’s age

Also, Read: Myths About Breastfeeding

Apollo Cradle Specialist

Best Gynaecologist in Hyderabad Best Pediatrician in Hyderabad
Best Gynaecologist in Bangalore Best Pediatrician in Bangalore
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Everything About Nutrition In Infants

  • When a new-born is born to the first-time parents, most of the parents are very anxious and have many doubts about the health and nutrition received by the baby.
  • They are very eager to meet their paediatrician who can satisfy their curiosity and answer all their doubts.
  • According to WHO (World Health Organisation) breast milk is the first vaccine for the new-born. We promote exclusive breast-feeding to all new-borns for the first 6 months of their life.
  • Baby is put to the mother’s breast immediately after delivery until and unless there are some risk-factors in which we must monitor the baby’s health (respiratory distress, congenital pneumonia etc.)

Also, Read: Breastfeeding as a Method of Contraception

Benefits of Breast-Feeding

  • It promotes better health for mothers and children.
  • It prevents infections like diarrheoa and acute respiratory infections in early infancy and thus reduce infant mortality.
  • It decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
  • It protects infants from obesity-related illnesses, diabetes and increases the IQ
  • Breast milk is also an important source of energy and nutrients in children aged 6–23 months. It can provide half or more of a child’s energy needs between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and one third of energy needs between 12 and 24 months. Breast milk is also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness and reduces mortality among children who are malnourished
 

Complementary Feeding

  • Around the age of 6 months, an infant’s need for energy and nutrients starts to exceed what is provided by breast milk, and complementary foods are necessary to meet those needs. An infant of this age is also developmentally ready for other foods. 
  • start at 6 months with small amounts of food and increase gradually as the child gets older; gradually increase food consistency and variety.
  • Increase the number of times that the child is fed: 2–3 meals per day for infants 6–8 months of age and 3–4 meals per day for infants 9–23 months of age, with 1–2 additional snacks as required.
  • Use fortified complementary foods or vitamin-mineral supplements as needed
  • Continue breast feeding with complementary feeding

Also, Read: World Breastfeeding Week 2022: Importance, Benefits, and History

Common Nutrition-Related Problems in Children

  • Children’s nutritional needs differ from those of adults primarily because they are growing. Accurate assessment of growth and weight is therefore vital in determining nutritional status
  • Common nutritional problems in young children, including:
    • growth faltering (failure to thrive)
    • iron deficiency aneamia
    • rickets
    • constipation
    • food allergy
    • refusal of food

Best Advice Regarding Nutritional Feeding to Promote Infant Health

  • Always monitor the child’s weight and height in regular intervals
  • Discuss child’s feeding history, abnormal feeding behavior with pediatrician during vaccination visits
  • For gaining weight of child, increase the nutrient content of food by making it nutrient dense and adding ghee/jaggery in the food
  • Cow’s milk should be avoided before 12 months
  • Iron rich food should be given till 1yr of life (green leafy veggies, beetroots, yellow and orange fruits, black dates)
  • Vitamin D should be supplemented from birth till 1yr of life (Let child be exposed to gentle sunlight)
  • High-fibre diet containing cereal, fruits, veggies, beans, and pulses should be advised
  • Fluid-intake should be adequate according to the child’s age

Also, Read: Myths About Breastfeeding

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Nutrition In Infants

Nutrition In Infants

September 9, 2022

Everything About Nutrition In Infants ...

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World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), observed from August 1 to 7, aims to globally encourage breastfeeding and protect the health of the mother and baby. The effort, which was initiated in 1992 by WHO and UNICEF, is now recognized annually. The theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2022 is “Step Up For Breastfeeding: Educate and Support,” to raise breastfeeding awareness of the value of breastfeeding and elevate it to the level of a public health obligation by encouraging organizations and countries to develop measures to safeguard breastfeeding.

Why is Breastfeeding Important?

Breastfeeding has several advantages as it is beneficial to both mothers and babies. It can protect babies from infections and lower the risk of later health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and asthma. Breastfeeding is said to help mothers’ uterus contract and bleeding stop more quickly after delivery. It also lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and promotes a strong bond between mothers and their children.

A newborn’s best source of nutrition is breast milk. Breast milk contains a variety of components that help protect babies from infection and disease. Furthermore, the protein in breast milk is easier for the baby to digest than protein in formula or cow’s milk. Furthermore, calcium and iron found in breast milk are more easily absorbed. Therefore, World Breastfeeding Week 2022 campaign focuses on educating and supporting women to breastfeed their babies.

Also read: Facts & Myths about Breastfeeding

Five Benefits of Breastfeeding

  1. For the majority of newborns, breast milk is the best source of nutrients: The mother’s breast milk will change as the infant grows to satisfy their nutritional needs.
  2. Breastfeeding can help shield infants from certain acute and chronic illnesses and diseases: Babies that are breastfed are less likely to develop asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop stomach illnesses or ear infections.
  3. The baby receives antibodies from the mother through breast milk: These antibodies aid in the immune system development of infants and shield them against disease.
  4. Mothers can nurse anywhere and anytime: Without having to prepare bottles or mix formula, mothers may feed their infants on the go. Breastfeeding while travelling can also be a source of comfort for infants whose regular schedule is disturbed.
  5. Breastfeeding lowers a mother’s risk of ovarian, breast, and type 2 diabetes as well as high blood pressure: The mother’s health also benefits from breastfeeding. Type 2 diabetes, certain malignancies, and high blood pressure are less prevalent in breastfeeding mothers. Know the benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies.

World Breastfeeding Week: History

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was founded in 1991 to carry out the Innocent Declaration of 1990, which called for the protection, support, and promotion of breastfeeding. WABA envisions a global unifying breastfeeding promotion strategy as part of this action plan. A day was proposed for inclusion in an international calendar event. The idea of celebrating it on a single day was later expanded to a week.

It became known as World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which is observed from August 1-7 to commemorate the Innocent Declaration. 1992 marked the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week. It is now observed in more than a hundred countries. During the breastfeeding week in August, there are hundreds of activities held all around the world to inform and encourage breastfeeding moms.

Also read: Why Breastfeeding is Better Than Formula Feeding

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World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), observed from August 1 to 7, aims to globally encourage breastfeeding and protect the health of the mother and baby. The effort, which was initiated in 1992 by WHO and UNICEF, is now recognized annually. The theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2022 is “Step Up For Breastfeeding: Educate and Support,” to raise breastfeeding awareness of the value of breastfeeding and elevate it to the level of a public health obligation by encouraging organizations and countries to develop measures to safeguard breastfeeding.

Why is Breastfeeding Important?

Breastfeeding has several advantages as it is beneficial to both mothers and babies. It can protect babies from infections and lower the risk of later health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and asthma. Breastfeeding is said to help mothers’ uterus contract and bleeding stop more quickly after delivery. It also lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and promotes a strong bond between mothers and their children.

A newborn’s best source of nutrition is breast milk. Breast milk contains a variety of components that help protect babies from infection and disease. Furthermore, the protein in breast milk is easier for the baby to digest than protein in formula or cow’s milk. Furthermore, calcium and iron found in breast milk are more easily absorbed. Therefore, World Breastfeeding Week 2022 campaign focuses on educating and supporting women to breastfeed their babies.

Also read: Facts & Myths about Breastfeeding

Five Benefits of Breastfeeding

  1. For the majority of newborns, breast milk is the best source of nutrients: The mother’s breast milk will change as the infant grows to satisfy their nutritional needs.
  2. Breastfeeding can help shield infants from certain acute and chronic illnesses and diseases: Babies that are breastfed are less likely to develop asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop stomach illnesses or ear infections.
  3. The baby receives antibodies from the mother through breast milk: These antibodies aid in the immune system development of infants and shield them against disease.
  4. Mothers can nurse anywhere and anytime: Without having to prepare bottles or mix formula, mothers may feed their infants on the go. Breastfeeding while travelling can also be a source of comfort for infants whose regular schedule is disturbed.
  5. Breastfeeding lowers a mother’s risk of ovarian, breast, and type 2 diabetes as well as high blood pressure: The mother’s health also benefits from breastfeeding. Type 2 diabetes, certain malignancies, and high blood pressure are less prevalent in breastfeeding mothers. Know the benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies.

World Breastfeeding Week: History

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was founded in 1991 to carry out the Innocent Declaration of 1990, which called for the protection, support, and promotion of breastfeeding. WABA envisions a global unifying breastfeeding promotion strategy as part of this action plan. A day was proposed for inclusion in an international calendar event. The idea of celebrating it on a single day was later expanded to a week.

It became known as World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which is observed from August 1-7 to commemorate the Innocent Declaration. 1992 marked the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week. It is now observed in more than a hundred countries. During the breastfeeding week in August, there are hundreds of activities held all around the world to inform and encourage breastfeeding moms.

Also read: Why Breastfeeding is Better Than Formula Feeding

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World Breastfeeding Week 2022: Importance, Benefits, and History

July 18, 2022

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With “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet” as its theme, the World Breastfeeding Week 2020 aims to foster better feeding skills in women. The government is being encouraged to protect and promote the access of efficient information and advice to make the process as easy as possible. Counseling sessions will actively empower women to sustain breastfeeding and teach them to nourish their children well, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The benefits of breastfeeding a baby are multifold, even when compared to formula feeding. Natural colostrum is high in protein and provides the best nutrition to the newborn in addition to immunity. In fact, breastfeeding is also tied to deep emotional experiences, which could be rewarding for new mothers and help strengthen the mother-child bond.

Benefits of Breast Milk

If you are confused about what could work best for your baby, give breastfeeding a chance. Unless there is a medical reason not to, here’s why it should be your first choice.

  • The baby is vulnerable to Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the first year of birth. Breast milk can significantly reduce the risk of this medical condition.
  • Babies who live on their mother’s milk for the first six months of life have much lower risk of infections that could lead to hospitalization. Colostrum which contains white blood cells protects against illnesses.
  • Breast fed babies tend to have well-developed cognitive functions, including intelligence, as compared to formula fed infants.
  • Allergies, asthma and obesity are some of the conditions that can be prevented with natural mother’s milk.
  • There are multiple enzymes present in breast milk, which support and strengthen the immune and digestive systems of the baby.
  • One key benefit of breastfeeding for mothers is that it promotes better bonding with the child and creates a sense of emotional attachment immediately.
  • There could be fewer incidents of diarrhea and low chances of external infections, like eczema.
  • Babies who are breastfed are known to have higher IQ levels, proving breast milk to be the gold standard for food for infants.

Apollo Cradle - Breastfeeding

A breastfeeding mother need not worry about extra expenses, which usually comes with formula feeding. In fact, it is a healthy and convenient process. A mother consumes several foods throughout the day, which can render different flavors to the milk as well.

Why is it Best to Avoid Formula Feeding?

Often, artificial milk contains a fixed combination of components, which do not cater to the needs of a growing baby. It might also not be well-digested, leading to insufficient caloric intake and stunted development in the initial years.

Breastfeeding a baby involves skin-to-skin contact, which renders a natural warmth and sense of affection. This is extremely crucial to help the child feel loved and secure. A happy baby is the key to a healthy mind and brain functions. But sadly, these cannot be quite achieved with formula feeding.

Breast milk is packed with hundreds of antibodies and nutrients, which commercially prepared milk cannot compensate for. Get in touch with your doctor to understand the diet for breastfeeding mothers. It will keep you energetic and promote overall health for you and your newborn.

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With “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet” as its theme, the World Breastfeeding Week 2020 aims to foster better feeding skills in women. The government is being encouraged to protect and promote the access of efficient information and advice to make the process as easy as possible. Counseling sessions will actively empower women to sustain breastfeeding and teach them to nourish their children well, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The benefits of breastfeeding a baby are multifold, even when compared to formula feeding. Natural colostrum is high in protein and provides the best nutrition to the newborn in addition to immunity. In fact, breastfeeding is also tied to deep emotional experiences, which could be rewarding for new mothers and help strengthen the mother-child bond.

Benefits of Breast Milk

If you are confused about what could work best for your baby, give breastfeeding a chance. Unless there is a medical reason not to, here’s why it should be your first choice.

  • The baby is vulnerable to Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the first year of birth. Breast milk can significantly reduce the risk of this medical condition.
  • Babies who live on their mother’s milk for the first six months of life have much lower risk of infections that could lead to hospitalization. Colostrum which contains white blood cells protects against illnesses.
  • Breast fed babies tend to have well-developed cognitive functions, including intelligence, as compared to formula fed infants.
  • Allergies, asthma and obesity are some of the conditions that can be prevented with natural mother’s milk.
  • There are multiple enzymes present in breast milk, which support and strengthen the immune and digestive systems of the baby.
  • One key benefit of breastfeeding for mothers is that it promotes better bonding with the child and creates a sense of emotional attachment immediately.
  • There could be fewer incidents of diarrhea and low chances of external infections, like eczema.
  • Babies who are breastfed are known to have higher IQ levels, proving breast milk to be the gold standard for food for infants.

Apollo Cradle - Breastfeeding

A breastfeeding mother need not worry about extra expenses, which usually comes with formula feeding. In fact, it is a healthy and convenient process. A mother consumes several foods throughout the day, which can render different flavors to the milk as well.

Why is it Best to Avoid Formula Feeding?

Often, artificial milk contains a fixed combination of components, which do not cater to the needs of a growing baby. It might also not be well-digested, leading to insufficient caloric intake and stunted development in the initial years.

Breastfeeding a baby involves skin-to-skin contact, which renders a natural warmth and sense of affection. This is extremely crucial to help the child feel loved and secure. A happy baby is the key to a healthy mind and brain functions. But sadly, these cannot be quite achieved with formula feeding.

Breast milk is packed with hundreds of antibodies and nutrients, which commercially prepared milk cannot compensate for. Get in touch with your doctor to understand the diet for breastfeeding mothers. It will keep you energetic and promote overall health for you and your newborn.

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Why Breastfeeding is Better Than Formula Feeding

Why Breastfeeding is Better Than Formula Feeding

September 6, 2020

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Breast lump excision, also known as an excisional breast biopsy is larger and deeper than a shave or punch biopsy. It is used for conditions such as  cancer which must be entirely removed. Your doctor will go as deep as is necessary to remove all of the area visibly affected as well as some unaffected tissue around the outside of lesion. The incision is enclosed with some stitches.

A breast biopsy is usually performed to determine if an abnormal area or lump in your breast is cancerous. In this procedure, a tissue sample of the area of concern is removed so it can be examined by a pathologist. Breast biopsy may involve, one of three main techniques:

  • Fine needle aspiration Biopsy
  • Core needle biopsy
  • Surgical biopsy

Your doctor will choose the technique that best suits your situation.

During a fine needle aspiration biopsy, your doctor will insert a needle in your breast. Some form of guidance such as  an ultrasound probe will be used to guide the needle  to the correct area, then fluid or a small sample of tissue will be removed.

A core needle biopsy is done to remove several small pieces of tissue or cores of tissue from the breast. It may be guided using one of several techniques. During a stereotactic core needle biopsy, you will lie face down on a table with your breast inserted through a hole in the table. Your doctor will inject a local anesthetic to numb the area, then using a digital mammogram as a guide, your doctor will insert a hollow needle into the area of concern. Several small cylinders of tissue will be removed for examination. During an ultrasound guided core needle biopsy, your doctor will use an ultrasound probe to locate the area of concern. A hollow needle will be inserted to remove several cores of tissue.

Fine needle aspiration and core needle biopsies involve removing small samples of fluid or tissue, using a needle. However, if an area of concern detected by mammogram  or ultrasound is not accessible by a core needle biopsy or if your physician wants to remove the entire area, a surgical biopsy may be recommended. A surgical biopsy is done in an operating room using two techniques, i.e., Excisional biopsy and the incisional biopsy.

In the procedure of excisional biopsy, the entire mass that is affected is removed through an incision made on the breast. At the end of the procedure, the incision will be closed. Your surgeon will perform an incisional biopsy if only a small part of the area of concern needs to be removed usually to make a diagnosis. At the end of the procedure, the incision will be closed.

If the abnormality cannot be felt, needle localization will be used to mark the location of the area of concern. During this procedure, your radiologist will insert a hook wire into the breast through a needle under mammogram or ultrasound guidance. In order to mark the area, the needle will be removed, but the wire will stay in place. You will then go to the operating room where your surgeon will make an incision in the breast. He or she will follow the wire to locate the targeted area, then remove it. An x-ray will be taken of your breast to make sure the targeted area has been removed then your surgeon will close the incision.

Apollo Cradle Brookfield is an excellent choice when it comes to performing such procedures. The hospital is equipped with highly advanced technologies and tools that assist the doctors.

Causes of formation of lumps

The breast is made of layers of skin, fat and breast-tissue, all of which overlay the pectoralis muscle.

The tissue present in the breast consists of tiny ducts that carry milk and lump formation can take place among them in multiple ways.

The first kind of lump arises due to episodic chances in the breast. These periodic changes might often lead to the formation of cysts. These types of lumps can grow bigger and collapse on their own without the need of any kind of medical assistance.

Another type of lump occurs due to the elevation in the condition of the first kind of lump. In this type of lump, the size of cysts expands and as soon as you feel any kind of abnormality in your breasts, you must immediately consult a doctor.

The last type of lump takes the form of a tumor which can be cancerous or benign. When there is even the slightest doubt of the second type of lump, doctors immediately conduct tests  as well as breast biopsies to confirm the type of lump in order to decide on a treatment plan and diagnose the condition accordingly.

Sometimes, you will have breast changes that cannot be felt by physical examination alone.

How is it done?

At certain times, the doctors need to perform the excisional biopsy when the affected area can’t be spotted through a mammogram or a needle.

During the Procedure:

To perform an excisional biopsy, an elliptical incision is made and then the removal of the lesion takes place layer by layer.

The tools and equipments required for the excisional biopsy are:

  • A pair of forceps
  • A needle driver
  • Scissors for the surgery
  • A scalpel
  • A hemostat that is curved.
  • Multiple types of sutures for the closure purpose

This is the minimum requirement for the surgery, additional equipment might be needed depending upon the complexity of the surgery.

The first step of the surgery involves cleaning the area to be operated upon with some alcohol and after that the anesthesia is injected.

After the block is placed, the skin is cleansed with betadine and the area is draped to create a sterile field. The elliptical excision is made such that its longitudinal axis follows the skin lines. The skin is then excised fully through the dermis in order to obtain a full thickness biopsy. Once the ellipse is created, the tissue sample is completely removed by severing the underlying subcutaneous attachments. Short strokes are used with the 15 plate scalpel to incise down to the subcutaneous fat layer.

In order to reduce the tension along the wound while it is healing, the dermis is undermined along the lateral margins of the excision. Iris scissors are used for the purpose of undermining the margins of at least one half a centimeter larger for higher tension wounds. If the incision is large enough, then the deep tissue layers have adequate tensile strength, then a deep layer closure of absorbable suture may be used to reduce wound tension and also control bleeding if present in the deeper layer. Usually, two or three deep stitches are adequate to support the closure of small excisions.

Closure with interrupted stitches

In this case a single layer closure is performed with the needle passing through the subcutaneous layer to close the layer along with the skin surface and dermis. Simple interrupted sutures are placed to bring the wound edges together and allow healing with minimal scarring. It is good practice to evert the skin edges when passing the needle through the skin. The skin edges are everted and the needle is passed perpendicularly through the skin.

Benefits

Excisional biopsy is used when the mammogram and needle biopsies fail to locate the area of concern. Thus, excisional biopsy leaves no room for doubt. The tissue collected from the biopsy is sent for testing whether it is benign or not. If the tissue is found to be cancerous, the doctor proceeds with a surgical plan to operate out the tumor. The procedures by which the tumor can be operated are lumpectomy and mastectomy.

To avoid any sort of risk, you should visit Apollo Cradle Brookfield. The hospital specializes in dealing with cases like these. It has an outstanding team of extremely experienced and skilled doctors and technicians. Apollo Cradle has one of the best pediatrics and maternity departments. It offers amazing facilities to the patients and leave no room for complaints.

Here is a glance of the facilities provided at the hospital.

  • No Price difference between Normal Delivery & C-Section (Maternity Surgery): The hospital encourages natural/normal delivery and makes no difference between the price of a normal delivery and a c-section delivery.
  • Specialized and Delivery rooms: The hospital is highly equipped and comprised of highly specialized delivery rooms for better patient experience.
  • State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Imaging: The cutting edge ultra sound technology assists the most complicated surgeries by giving a clear picture that directs the flow of the surgeries. Surgeries like circumcision and hysterotomy require extremely focused images for the best outcome.
  • Level III NICU
  • Ventilator Equipped Ambulances: The ambulances of the hospital are also equipped with ventilators because every life is precious and it shouldn’t be lost because of delay, thus to assist patients, ambulances are equipped with ventilators.
  • Highly Trained Gynecologists and Nurses: The hospital hires the doctors and nurses with extreme care and only the most experienced, knowledgeable and skilled doctors as well as nurses are hired to avoid any kind of carelessness and ambiguity.
  • 24X7 Pharmacy: Pharmacy services are available at all times. In case you require a medicine immediately, you can purchase it from the pharmacy.
  • Range of Maternity Packages: The maternity packages at the hospital are quite reasonable.
  • Surgical ICU
  • Apollo Experts

The agenda of the Apollo Cradle Brookfield is to give 100% support to their patients and assist them in every step of the way.

To get an insight to the hospital, you can visit the official website of Apollo Cradle Brookefield that will help you make a wise decision. On the website. You will find the detailed descriptions of the procedures performed and also the reviews of the patients who have  sought health care from the hospital.

The agenda of the hospital is to encourage natural child births and avoid any sort of surgery for the delivery.

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Breast lump excision, also known as an excisional breast biopsy is larger and deeper than a shave or punch biopsy. It is used for conditions such as  cancer which must be entirely removed. Your doctor will go as deep as is necessary to remove all of the area visibly affected as well as some unaffected tissue around the outside of lesion. The incision is enclosed with some stitches.

A breast biopsy is usually performed to determine if an abnormal area or lump in your breast is cancerous. In this procedure, a tissue sample of the area of concern is removed so it can be examined by a pathologist. Breast biopsy may involve, one of three main techniques:

  • Fine needle aspiration Biopsy
  • Core needle biopsy
  • Surgical biopsy

Your doctor will choose the technique that best suits your situation.

During a fine needle aspiration biopsy, your doctor will insert a needle in your breast. Some form of guidance such as  an ultrasound probe will be used to guide the needle  to the correct area, then fluid or a small sample of tissue will be removed.

A core needle biopsy is done to remove several small pieces of tissue or cores of tissue from the breast. It may be guided using one of several techniques. During a stereotactic core needle biopsy, you will lie face down on a table with your breast inserted through a hole in the table. Your doctor will inject a local anesthetic to numb the area, then using a digital mammogram as a guide, your doctor will insert a hollow needle into the area of concern. Several small cylinders of tissue will be removed for examination. During an ultrasound guided core needle biopsy, your doctor will use an ultrasound probe to locate the area of concern. A hollow needle will be inserted to remove several cores of tissue.

Fine needle aspiration and core needle biopsies involve removing small samples of fluid or tissue, using a needle. However, if an area of concern detected by mammogram  or ultrasound is not accessible by a core needle biopsy or if your physician wants to remove the entire area, a surgical biopsy may be recommended. A surgical biopsy is done in an operating room using two techniques, i.e., Excisional biopsy and the incisional biopsy.

In the procedure of excisional biopsy, the entire mass that is affected is removed through an incision made on the breast. At the end of the procedure, the incision will be closed. Your surgeon will perform an incisional biopsy if only a small part of the area of concern needs to be removed usually to make a diagnosis. At the end of the procedure, the incision will be closed.

If the abnormality cannot be felt, needle localization will be used to mark the location of the area of concern. During this procedure, your radiologist will insert a hook wire into the breast through a needle under mammogram or ultrasound guidance. In order to mark the area, the needle will be removed, but the wire will stay in place. You will then go to the operating room where your surgeon will make an incision in the breast. He or she will follow the wire to locate the targeted area, then remove it. An x-ray will be taken of your breast to make sure the targeted area has been removed then your surgeon will close the incision.

Apollo Cradle Brookfield is an excellent choice when it comes to performing such procedures. The hospital is equipped with highly advanced technologies and tools that assist the doctors.

Causes of formation of lumps

The breast is made of layers of skin, fat and breast-tissue, all of which overlay the pectoralis muscle.

The tissue present in the breast consists of tiny ducts that carry milk and lump formation can take place among them in multiple ways.

The first kind of lump arises due to episodic chances in the breast. These periodic changes might often lead to the formation of cysts. These types of lumps can grow bigger and collapse on their own without the need of any kind of medical assistance.

Another type of lump occurs due to the elevation in the condition of the first kind of lump. In this type of lump, the size of cysts expands and as soon as you feel any kind of abnormality in your breasts, you must immediately consult a doctor.

The last type of lump takes the form of a tumor which can be cancerous or benign. When there is even the slightest doubt of the second type of lump, doctors immediately conduct tests  as well as breast biopsies to confirm the type of lump in order to decide on a treatment plan and diagnose the condition accordingly.

Sometimes, you will have breast changes that cannot be felt by physical examination alone.

How is it done?

At certain times, the doctors need to perform the excisional biopsy when the affected area can’t be spotted through a mammogram or a needle.

During the Procedure:

To perform an excisional biopsy, an elliptical incision is made and then the removal of the lesion takes place layer by layer.

The tools and equipments required for the excisional biopsy are:

  • A pair of forceps
  • A needle driver
  • Scissors for the surgery
  • A scalpel
  • A hemostat that is curved.
  • Multiple types of sutures for the closure purpose

This is the minimum requirement for the surgery, additional equipment might be needed depending upon the complexity of the surgery.

The first step of the surgery involves cleaning the area to be operated upon with some alcohol and after that the anesthesia is injected.

After the block is placed, the skin is cleansed with betadine and the area is draped to create a sterile field. The elliptical excision is made such that its longitudinal axis follows the skin lines. The skin is then excised fully through the dermis in order to obtain a full thickness biopsy. Once the ellipse is created, the tissue sample is completely removed by severing the underlying subcutaneous attachments. Short strokes are used with the 15 plate scalpel to incise down to the subcutaneous fat layer.

In order to reduce the tension along the wound while it is healing, the dermis is undermined along the lateral margins of the excision. Iris scissors are used for the purpose of undermining the margins of at least one half a centimeter larger for higher tension wounds. If the incision is large enough, then the deep tissue layers have adequate tensile strength, then a deep layer closure of absorbable suture may be used to reduce wound tension and also control bleeding if present in the deeper layer. Usually, two or three deep stitches are adequate to support the closure of small excisions.

Closure with interrupted stitches

In this case a single layer closure is performed with the needle passing through the subcutaneous layer to close the layer along with the skin surface and dermis. Simple interrupted sutures are placed to bring the wound edges together and allow healing with minimal scarring. It is good practice to evert the skin edges when passing the needle through the skin. The skin edges are everted and the needle is passed perpendicularly through the skin.

Benefits

Excisional biopsy is used when the mammogram and needle biopsies fail to locate the area of concern. Thus, excisional biopsy leaves no room for doubt. The tissue collected from the biopsy is sent for testing whether it is benign or not. If the tissue is found to be cancerous, the doctor proceeds with a surgical plan to operate out the tumor. The procedures by which the tumor can be operated are lumpectomy and mastectomy.

To avoid any sort of risk, you should visit Apollo Cradle Brookfield. The hospital specializes in dealing with cases like these. It has an outstanding team of extremely experienced and skilled doctors and technicians. Apollo Cradle has one of the best pediatrics and maternity departments. It offers amazing facilities to the patients and leave no room for complaints.

Here is a glance of the facilities provided at the hospital.

  • No Price difference between Normal Delivery & C-Section (Maternity Surgery): The hospital encourages natural/normal delivery and makes no difference between the price of a normal delivery and a c-section delivery.
  • Specialized and Delivery rooms: The hospital is highly equipped and comprised of highly specialized delivery rooms for better patient experience.
  • State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Imaging: The cutting edge ultra sound technology assists the most complicated surgeries by giving a clear picture that directs the flow of the surgeries. Surgeries like circumcision and hysterotomy require extremely focused images for the best outcome.
  • Level III NICU
  • Ventilator Equipped Ambulances: The ambulances of the hospital are also equipped with ventilators because every life is precious and it shouldn’t be lost because of delay, thus to assist patients, ambulances are equipped with ventilators.
  • Highly Trained Gynecologists and Nurses: The hospital hires the doctors and nurses with extreme care and only the most experienced, knowledgeable and skilled doctors as well as nurses are hired to avoid any kind of carelessness and ambiguity.
  • 24X7 Pharmacy: Pharmacy services are available at all times. In case you require a medicine immediately, you can purchase it from the pharmacy.
  • Range of Maternity Packages: The maternity packages at the hospital are quite reasonable.
  • Surgical ICU
  • Apollo Experts

The agenda of the Apollo Cradle Brookfield is to give 100% support to their patients and assist them in every step of the way.

To get an insight to the hospital, you can visit the official website of Apollo Cradle Brookefield that will help you make a wise decision. On the website. You will find the detailed descriptions of the procedures performed and also the reviews of the patients who have  sought health care from the hospital.

The agenda of the hospital is to encourage natural child births and avoid any sort of surgery for the delivery.

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Breast Lump Excision

Breast Lump Excision

July 20, 2019

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The Weaning method involves gradually cutting back the number of times a mother breastfeeds the baby during a day. Slowly reducing the number of times the mother breastfeeds can help prevent breast engorgement and depression. Taking it slow also makes the transition to a bottle or cup easy. The baby is considered weaned when he stops to breastfeed and gets all his or her nutrition from other sources other than the mother’s milk.

There is no optimum time to begin with the weaning method. It must be decided by the mother and the baby when they feel it’s best to begin weaning. Many pediatricians encourage mothers to breastfeed for longer duration if both she and the baby are all right with it. Weaning is easiest when it’s the child who decides to do so. However, if it’s the mother’s decision then it will require time and patience. Going somewhere in the weekend to end the breastfeed for the toddler is not a judicious act. It’s not advisable to suddenly stop the breastfeeding because it can be traumatic for the child.

You should replace breast milk with a bottle of formula milk. If the baby is six months old, a cup or sipper can be used instead of the bottle. If the child is older than one year, then he or she won’t require replacement feed. The process of weaning is different with different people. Setting a schedule might actually help. It will help you to strategically plan the weaning. Mark a day on the calendar when you wish to begin with the weaning process. At first try for a month, if you are gradually making progress, continue. But if there are hindrances, you can change your methods.

Reducing feedings one at a time! Take the help of the father or other family members to distract the child. Whenever the child demands for breast feed, distract him or her with some fun activities. You can also limit the time of feeding. Changing bedtime routines also help in the process. Another way to make the process a success is by avoiding familiar nursing positions. This will reduce the triggering of emotional connect with a place.

All these strategies together can help you in your weaning process. If still the hindrances are great, then maybe it isn’t the right time. Everything happens at the right time. Be patient and keep on trying.

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The Weaning method involves gradually cutting back the number of times a mother breastfeeds the baby during a day. Slowly reducing the number of times the mother breastfeeds can help prevent breast engorgement and depression. Taking it slow also makes the transition to a bottle or cup easy. The baby is considered weaned when he stops to breastfeed and gets all his or her nutrition from other sources other than the mother’s milk.

There is no optimum time to begin with the weaning method. It must be decided by the mother and the baby when they feel it’s best to begin weaning. Many pediatricians encourage mothers to breastfeed for longer duration if both she and the baby are all right with it. Weaning is easiest when it’s the child who decides to do so. However, if it’s the mother’s decision then it will require time and patience. Going somewhere in the weekend to end the breastfeed for the toddler is not a judicious act. It’s not advisable to suddenly stop the breastfeeding because it can be traumatic for the child.

You should replace breast milk with a bottle of formula milk. If the baby is six months old, a cup or sipper can be used instead of the bottle. If the child is older than one year, then he or she won’t require replacement feed. The process of weaning is different with different people. Setting a schedule might actually help. It will help you to strategically plan the weaning. Mark a day on the calendar when you wish to begin with the weaning process. At first try for a month, if you are gradually making progress, continue. But if there are hindrances, you can change your methods.

Reducing feedings one at a time! Take the help of the father or other family members to distract the child. Whenever the child demands for breast feed, distract him or her with some fun activities. You can also limit the time of feeding. Changing bedtime routines also help in the process. Another way to make the process a success is by avoiding familiar nursing positions. This will reduce the triggering of emotional connect with a place.

All these strategies together can help you in your weaning process. If still the hindrances are great, then maybe it isn’t the right time. Everything happens at the right time. Be patient and keep on trying.

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Weaning Your Baby Off Breast Milk

Weaning Your Baby Off Breast Milk

September 30, 2018

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As soon as one says breastfeeding, one thinks about it being a mother’s job. It was a common belief among all men that they are passive observers of such an intimate moment between their child and mother. They felt excluded. But times have changed, roles have reversed. Even dads can take an active participation in the process of breastfeeding.
Dads play an important role in breastfeeding as it involves the growth and development of a child which is a joint responsibility of both the mother and the father. So here is a look at a dad’s role in breastfeeding.

Know about breastfeeding father

The first and foremost thing is to understand the importance of breastfeeding. This helps in creating a positive environment not only for the baby but the mother as well. Breastfeeding is not just a boon for the baby but the mothers as well.

Encourage your partner

An elixir for the baby, it is emotionally demanding and an exhausting job. Naturally, a new mother will have her fears. Then a father can help in building the confidence of his partner by praising her efforts. Help her get in a comfortable position.

Help

It is not just about breastfeeding but also taking care of the baby. You could change the diapers of the baby, carry him/her for a while so that the mother can have sufficient rest. In addition, you can help your partner with household chores including cooking.

Skin-to-Skin

You can definitely bond with the baby. And the best way is to have skin to skin contact with the baby. You can always feed the baby with breast milk in a bottle or start cuddling your little one. This increases familiarity.
You can always be the helping hand in taking care of the baby. You can bathe and dress him/her. Sing and talk to your baby.

Take care of your partner

The whole process of breastfeeding is exhausting for your partner. After feeding the baby, she may want to rest or probably be thirsty and hungry.
Allow her the time to rest and inform all those who come to see them that they are resting. Further, make sure that your partner drinks lots of water and supply her with lots of vegetables and fruits to provide her with all the required nutrients.

Feeding is only a part of the responsibility. Bathing, napping, massaging etc. altogether becomes a very tiring task for the mother. Be the support and create a family bond.

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As soon as one says breastfeeding, one thinks about it being a mother’s job. It was a common belief among all men that they are passive observers of such an intimate moment between their child and mother. They felt excluded. But times have changed, roles have reversed. Even dads can take an active participation in the process of breastfeeding.
Dads play an important role in breastfeeding as it involves the growth and development of a child which is a joint responsibility of both the mother and the father. So here is a look at a dad’s role in breastfeeding.

Know about breastfeeding father

The first and foremost thing is to understand the importance of breastfeeding. This helps in creating a positive environment not only for the baby but the mother as well. Breastfeeding is not just a boon for the baby but the mothers as well.

Encourage your partner

An elixir for the baby, it is emotionally demanding and an exhausting job. Naturally, a new mother will have her fears. Then a father can help in building the confidence of his partner by praising her efforts. Help her get in a comfortable position.

Help

It is not just about breastfeeding but also taking care of the baby. You could change the diapers of the baby, carry him/her for a while so that the mother can have sufficient rest. In addition, you can help your partner with household chores including cooking.

Skin-to-Skin

You can definitely bond with the baby. And the best way is to have skin to skin contact with the baby. You can always feed the baby with breast milk in a bottle or start cuddling your little one. This increases familiarity.
You can always be the helping hand in taking care of the baby. You can bathe and dress him/her. Sing and talk to your baby.

Take care of your partner

The whole process of breastfeeding is exhausting for your partner. After feeding the baby, she may want to rest or probably be thirsty and hungry.
Allow her the time to rest and inform all those who come to see them that they are resting. Further, make sure that your partner drinks lots of water and supply her with lots of vegetables and fruits to provide her with all the required nutrients.

Feeding is only a part of the responsibility. Bathing, napping, massaging etc. altogether becomes a very tiring task for the mother. Be the support and create a family bond.

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Dad’s Role in Breastfeeding

Dad’s Role in Breastfeeding

September 17, 2018

As soon as one says breastfeeding, one th...

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Most nursing Mommies are accustomed to some of the fuss that their newborns baby can raise when fed on certain days. Some of these may be genuine baby moods or seeking Mommy’s undivided attention towards himself or herself. On the other hand, if you are noticing a typical pattern of this behaviour in co-ordination with the kind of diet you’ve taken that day or the previous, give it a second thought.
Your babe might be having certain reactions towards a kind of food that either his tongue or body doesn’t love. Although most new Moms find that they can eat anything without triggering any marked effect on their child, there are few who don’t. There are some strongly flavoured foods that can impact on the taste of your breast milk. Again, some babes hardly mind this change. Some do a lot. They may either be fussy around your breast or reluctant to feed after you’ve taken a particular food. If that’s so, try avoiding that food.
As such, there are some foods that hardly impact on a baby’s feeding at all while some trigger a reaction in many.
 
According to many Mommies, some of the foods that have the most effect on a baby’s feeding are as follows:
  • Chocolate
  • Hot Spices like garlic, chilli pepper, curry or cinnamon
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, lime, lemon or grapefruit. Also their juices (without the pulp)
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwifruit
  • Strawberries
  • Some serious fuss triggering vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, etc.
  • Fruits with mild purgative effects like prune and cherries.
  • Too many cups of coffee that can interfere with your baby’s sleep and make him gassy while feeding. This is mostly because of the excess caffeine.
  • Alcohol. An occasional drink here and there might be okay but not too much. Too much alcohol in your breast milk while feeding your babe is bad. According to recent studies, it may even reduce milk production.
  • Dairy products, wheat, soy milk, eggs, nuts and even corn within a period of about two to six hours prior to feeding.
Just in case skipping a certain item from your menu can cause a malnutrition problem, consult your babe’s nutritionist first for substituents.
 Visit for more details @ Best Maternity Hospital in Delhi
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Most nursing Mommies are accustomed to some of the fuss that their newborns baby can raise when fed on certain days. Some of these may be genuine baby moods or seeking Mommy’s undivided attention towards himself or herself. On the other hand, if you are noticing a typical pattern of this behaviour in co-ordination with the kind of diet you’ve taken that day or the previous, give it a second thought.
Your babe might be having certain reactions towards a kind of food that either his tongue or body doesn’t love. Although most new Moms find that they can eat anything without triggering any marked effect on their child, there are few who don’t. There are some strongly flavoured foods that can impact on the taste of your breast milk. Again, some babes hardly mind this change. Some do a lot. They may either be fussy around your breast or reluctant to feed after you’ve taken a particular food. If that’s so, try avoiding that food.
As such, there are some foods that hardly impact on a baby’s feeding at all while some trigger a reaction in many.
 
According to many Mommies, some of the foods that have the most effect on a baby’s feeding are as follows:
  • Chocolate
  • Hot Spices like garlic, chilli pepper, curry or cinnamon
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, lime, lemon or grapefruit. Also their juices (without the pulp)
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwifruit
  • Strawberries
  • Some serious fuss triggering vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, etc.
  • Fruits with mild purgative effects like prune and cherries.
  • Too many cups of coffee that can interfere with your baby’s sleep and make him gassy while feeding. This is mostly because of the excess caffeine.
  • Alcohol. An occasional drink here and there might be okay but not too much. Too much alcohol in your breast milk while feeding your babe is bad. According to recent studies, it may even reduce milk production.
  • Dairy products, wheat, soy milk, eggs, nuts and even corn within a period of about two to six hours prior to feeding.
Just in case skipping a certain item from your menu can cause a malnutrition problem, consult your babe’s nutritionist first for substituents.
 Visit for more details @ Best Maternity Hospital in Delhi
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Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

September 13, 2018

Most nursing Mommies are accustomed to ...

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Breastfeeding means feeding a baby or child with the milk from a woman, usually a mother’s breast. According to WHO, exclusive breastfeeding, i.e., feeding of only mother’s milk and no other fluids or solids should be done for a minimum of six months from the birth of the baby.
After that, breastfeeding accompanied by other foods can be done for another 2 years or as long as mother and child desires.
Breastfeeding is known to maintain good health for both baby and mother. The longer the breastfeeding is continued, the better are the health benefits. Therefore, doctors always recommend breastfeeding to newborns baby  and infants alike.
Now when it comes to breastfeeding, it’s the most natural process. However, it isn’t always as easy as one thinks it to be. So, here are some tips to follow that make breastfeeding best suited for both Mama and baby.

 

 

  • Simply never scrub your nipples. Scrubbing them gives them an undulating surface which might not be the best thing your newborn’s tender lips will brush against.
  • Take real professional help. Before your baby is born, consider taking appointments with lactation consultants and other nursing help who can make you understand the technical and tricky parts. There are even training and demo sessions where you can actually see real Moms feeding real babies.
  • Don’t hesitate to breastfeed within the first hour of the delivery. As funny or harsh as this might sound or no matter how tired you are, this is a sheer must! Nursing within the first hour of parturition not only establishes an instant strong relation between Mom and baby, but also provides the newborn with abundant antibodies to increase his or her immunity.
  • Don’t lay down the feet of your baby on the same level as the rest of his body. Let his or her little feet rest against something like a pillow, your own feet or even an arm of a chair. Research says that this helps babies feel more secure.
  • Avoid formula-diet immediately after birth.
  • Don’t push the back of his or her head. This might be detrimental to the feeding.
  • Last but not the least, get into the mood of feeding.
 
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Breastfeeding means feeding a baby or child with the milk from a woman, usually a mother’s breast. According to WHO, exclusive breastfeeding, i.e., feeding of only mother’s milk and no other fluids or solids should be done for a minimum of six months from the birth of the baby.
After that, breastfeeding accompanied by other foods can be done for another 2 years or as long as mother and child desires.
Breastfeeding is known to maintain good health for both baby and mother. The longer the breastfeeding is continued, the better are the health benefits. Therefore, doctors always recommend breastfeeding to newborns baby  and infants alike.
Now when it comes to breastfeeding, it’s the most natural process. However, it isn’t always as easy as one thinks it to be. So, here are some tips to follow that make breastfeeding best suited for both Mama and baby.

 

 

  • Simply never scrub your nipples. Scrubbing them gives them an undulating surface which might not be the best thing your newborn’s tender lips will brush against.
  • Take real professional help. Before your baby is born, consider taking appointments with lactation consultants and other nursing help who can make you understand the technical and tricky parts. There are even training and demo sessions where you can actually see real Moms feeding real babies.
  • Don’t hesitate to breastfeed within the first hour of the delivery. As funny or harsh as this might sound or no matter how tired you are, this is a sheer must! Nursing within the first hour of parturition not only establishes an instant strong relation between Mom and baby, but also provides the newborn with abundant antibodies to increase his or her immunity.
  • Don’t lay down the feet of your baby on the same level as the rest of his body. Let his or her little feet rest against something like a pillow, your own feet or even an arm of a chair. Research says that this helps babies feel more secure.
  • Avoid formula-diet immediately after birth.
  • Don’t push the back of his or her head. This might be detrimental to the feeding.
  • Last but not the least, get into the mood of feeding.
 
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Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

September 12, 2018

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Babies tend to get the wholesome nutrition they need from breast milk, which formula milk cannot match. Breast milk provides the ideal combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that a baby needs. It also provides antibodies needed to fight off viruses and bacteria in a form more easily digested than infant formula milk. The advantages of breast milk are not just limited to better resistance against diseases but also a higher IQ later in the newborn’s life and numerous health benefits for the mother. Here are the detailed health benefits of breastfeeding

Better nutrition

A study by WHO (World Health Organization) revealed that almost one third of infant deaths are caused by inadequate nutrition. It has been proven that breast milk provides a number of nutrients that formula milk does not. These nutrients include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

Provision of antibodies

At birth, babies do not have a fully developed immune system. A baby can easily get diseases such as jaundice, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza. Compared to formula milk, breast milk has more antibodies that help a baby build resistance. Opting to not breastfeed would mean lower immunity and higher chances of the baby falling ill.

Higher IQ

Many studies agree that breastfeeding leads to a higher IQ later on in the baby’s life. Research suggests that higher IQ as a result of breastfeeding also brings about higher income. However there are no studies which show formula milk does either.

Fewer respiratory infections, diarrhea and ear infections

Newborn baby care includes taking frequent trips to the doctor. The chances of new born babies falling sick due to respiratory infections, diarrhea and ear infections are reduced when they take breast milk as opposed to formula milk, as breast milk provides better nutrition and more antibodies.

Lower risks of asthma or allergies

Asthma and allergies last a lifetime and prevent the baby from doing many things when he/she gets older. This problem’s likelihood will reduce if the mother breastfeeds.

Lower risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)

This may seem like a very uncommon and rare disease but SIDS or cot death is the leading cause of infant deaths aged between one month and one year. Benefits Breastfeeding has been proven to reduce the occurrence of SIDS whereas formula milk does not.

Better health for the mother

Pregnancy and baby birth are very strenuous for the mother’s health but newborn baby care does not have to be. Benefits Breastfeeding allows the mother to lose pregnancy weight and return her uterus to its previous size. It also reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancer as well as osteoporosis.

It is also cheaper for the family of the newborn baby as maternity wear is a lot cheaper than formula milk and its sterilization equipment. Maternity wear is also more easily available than formula milk.

Thus a common debate among women during pregnancy and those with a newborn baby is whether to feed breast milk or formula milk. Your decision should be based on the health benefits that you and your newborn baby can derive.

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Babies tend to get the wholesome nutrition they need from breast milk, which formula milk cannot match. Breast milk provides the ideal combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that a baby needs. It also provides antibodies needed to fight off viruses and bacteria in a form more easily digested than infant formula milk. The advantages of breast milk are not just limited to better resistance against diseases but also a higher IQ later in the newborn’s life and numerous health benefits for the mother. Here are the detailed health benefits of breastfeeding

Better nutrition

A study by WHO (World Health Organization) revealed that almost one third of infant deaths are caused by inadequate nutrition. It has been proven that breast milk provides a number of nutrients that formula milk does not. These nutrients include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

Provision of antibodies

At birth, babies do not have a fully developed immune system. A baby can easily get diseases such as jaundice, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza. Compared to formula milk, breast milk has more antibodies that help a baby build resistance. Opting to not breastfeed would mean lower immunity and higher chances of the baby falling ill.

Higher IQ

Many studies agree that breastfeeding leads to a higher IQ later on in the baby’s life. Research suggests that higher IQ as a result of breastfeeding also brings about higher income. However there are no studies which show formula milk does either.

Fewer respiratory infections, diarrhea and ear infections

Newborn baby care includes taking frequent trips to the doctor. The chances of new born babies falling sick due to respiratory infections, diarrhea and ear infections are reduced when they take breast milk as opposed to formula milk, as breast milk provides better nutrition and more antibodies.

Lower risks of asthma or allergies

Asthma and allergies last a lifetime and prevent the baby from doing many things when he/she gets older. This problem’s likelihood will reduce if the mother breastfeeds.

Lower risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)

This may seem like a very uncommon and rare disease but SIDS or cot death is the leading cause of infant deaths aged between one month and one year. Benefits Breastfeeding has been proven to reduce the occurrence of SIDS whereas formula milk does not.

Better health for the mother

Pregnancy and baby birth are very strenuous for the mother’s health but newborn baby care does not have to be. Benefits Breastfeeding allows the mother to lose pregnancy weight and return her uterus to its previous size. It also reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancer as well as osteoporosis.

It is also cheaper for the family of the newborn baby as maternity wear is a lot cheaper than formula milk and its sterilization equipment. Maternity wear is also more easily available than formula milk.

Thus a common debate among women during pregnancy and those with a newborn baby is whether to feed breast milk or formula milk. Your decision should be based on the health benefits that you and your newborn baby can derive.

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7 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both Mother & Baby

7 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Both Mother & Baby

July 28, 2016

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As soon as you deliver your baby, you will be inundated with suggestions and advice regarding every aspect of raising your baby including breast feeding. It is therefore, very important for every expectant mother to find out all the facts on breast feeding in advance, to be able to combat the myths and stay firm on her decision to breastfeed her baby.
Myths about breastfeeding

Belief: There is not enough breast milk
Myth: This is not true. Babies actually require very small amounts of milk. This is important to realize, as mothers produce less milk initially. The most important part of establishing a good milk supply is effective and frequent milk removal from the breast during the baby’s first weeks of life. It is important to have the breasts drained well and often by the baby breastfeeding.
The supply and demand response is a feedback control system that regulates the production of milk to match the intake of the infant. Every time your baby feeds, your body prepares to make the next feed. The amount of milk that you develop will increase or decrease depending upon how much your baby takes in each time.

Myth: There is not enough milk in the first 3-4 days after birth
Fact: In the first few days, fortunately, newborns do not require much fluid and their kidneys are not initially able to handle large volumes of fluid. Their mothers’ breasts usually contain only small amounts of the very important fluid, colostrum; 5-10 cc per feed. Colostrum is higher in protein and minerals, and lower in fat, carbohydrates and some vitamins compared to mature breastmilk and ideally suited to baby’s requirements. It has immunoglobulins (mostly IgA) that provide the all-important anti-infective protection for the baby. It also acts a laxative to help the baby pass meconium and it is easily digested

Myth: Giving the breast a breastfeeding ‘rest’ can help ensure more milk
Fact: This is a myth. Breastfeeding actually increases your milk supply. There is a supply and demand control system to increase the amount of milk produced depending on how much the bay has fed. Giving your breasts a break will actually reduce the amount of milk produced.
Myth: Formula fed babies sleep better
Fact: This is a myth. There is no correlation between the two. How well babies sleep has nothing to do with what milk they have been fed. In fact the bonding between the mother and baby that develops while breastfeeding, makes the baby emotionally secure and calmer. It is important to maintain a close physical contact and connection with your baby even if you need to formula feed them for any reason.
Myth: Breastfed babies shouldn’t take an occasional bottle or they may become confused and stop feeding
Fact: This rarely happens. While you should avoid formula milk if you can, you may need to give expressed breast milk. However, while feeding cuddle the baby even when you bottle feed him or her as the bonding time is nearly just as crucial as the feeding time.
Belief: Breast feeding helps you shed the weight gained during pregnancy.
Fact: True, breastfeeding helps you return faster to your pre-pregnancy weight. Another benefit for mothers is that breast feeding helps your uterus return to the weight and size it was in before pregnancy faster, reducing the bleeding and preventing anaemia.
Belief: Breastfeeding prevents you from getting pregnant
Fact: True. Using breastfeeding as birth control can be effective for six months after delivery only if a woman does not substitute other foods for a breast milk feed and feeds her baby at least every four hours during the day and every six hours at night and has not had a period since she delivered her baby. While a woman is continuously breastfeeding, her body does not make a hormone that is necessary for ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). Pregnancy cannot happen if an egg is not released. Sometimes called the Lactational Amenorrhoea method of birth control, 2 out of 100 women will become pregnant within 6 months is not carried out correctly.
Myth: Small breasts do not produce as much milk as large breasts
Fact: Your breast’s size depends on the amount of fatty tissue it contains. It has nothing to do with the amount of milk you produce. Both small and big breasted women are able to make the amount of milk that their baby needs as the milk is produced by the glandular tissue in the breast. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your breasts produce.

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As soon as you deliver your baby, you will be inundated with suggestions and advice regarding every aspect of raising your baby including breast feeding. It is therefore, very important for every expectant mother to find out all the facts on breast feeding in advance, to be able to combat the myths and stay firm on her decision to breastfeed her baby.
Myths about breastfeeding

Belief: There is not enough breast milk
Myth: This is not true. Babies actually require very small amounts of milk. This is important to realize, as mothers produce less milk initially. The most important part of establishing a good milk supply is effective and frequent milk removal from the breast during the baby’s first weeks of life. It is important to have the breasts drained well and often by the baby breastfeeding.
The supply and demand response is a feedback control system that regulates the production of milk to match the intake of the infant. Every time your baby feeds, your body prepares to make the next feed. The amount of milk that you develop will increase or decrease depending upon how much your baby takes in each time.

Myth: There is not enough milk in the first 3-4 days after birth
Fact: In the first few days, fortunately, newborns do not require much fluid and their kidneys are not initially able to handle large volumes of fluid. Their mothers’ breasts usually contain only small amounts of the very important fluid, colostrum; 5-10 cc per feed. Colostrum is higher in protein and minerals, and lower in fat, carbohydrates and some vitamins compared to mature breastmilk and ideally suited to baby’s requirements. It has immunoglobulins (mostly IgA) that provide the all-important anti-infective protection for the baby. It also acts a laxative to help the baby pass meconium and it is easily digested

Myth: Giving the breast a breastfeeding ‘rest’ can help ensure more milk
Fact: This is a myth. Breastfeeding actually increases your milk supply. There is a supply and demand control system to increase the amount of milk produced depending on how much the bay has fed. Giving your breasts a break will actually reduce the amount of milk produced.
Myth: Formula fed babies sleep better
Fact: This is a myth. There is no correlation between the two. How well babies sleep has nothing to do with what milk they have been fed. In fact the bonding between the mother and baby that develops while breastfeeding, makes the baby emotionally secure and calmer. It is important to maintain a close physical contact and connection with your baby even if you need to formula feed them for any reason.
Myth: Breastfed babies shouldn’t take an occasional bottle or they may become confused and stop feeding
Fact: This rarely happens. While you should avoid formula milk if you can, you may need to give expressed breast milk. However, while feeding cuddle the baby even when you bottle feed him or her as the bonding time is nearly just as crucial as the feeding time.
Belief: Breast feeding helps you shed the weight gained during pregnancy.
Fact: True, breastfeeding helps you return faster to your pre-pregnancy weight. Another benefit for mothers is that breast feeding helps your uterus return to the weight and size it was in before pregnancy faster, reducing the bleeding and preventing anaemia.
Belief: Breastfeeding prevents you from getting pregnant
Fact: True. Using breastfeeding as birth control can be effective for six months after delivery only if a woman does not substitute other foods for a breast milk feed and feeds her baby at least every four hours during the day and every six hours at night and has not had a period since she delivered her baby. While a woman is continuously breastfeeding, her body does not make a hormone that is necessary for ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). Pregnancy cannot happen if an egg is not released. Sometimes called the Lactational Amenorrhoea method of birth control, 2 out of 100 women will become pregnant within 6 months is not carried out correctly.
Myth: Small breasts do not produce as much milk as large breasts
Fact: Your breast’s size depends on the amount of fatty tissue it contains. It has nothing to do with the amount of milk you produce. Both small and big breasted women are able to make the amount of milk that their baby needs as the milk is produced by the glandular tissue in the breast. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your breasts produce.

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Myths about breastfeeding

Myths about breastfeeding

June 28, 2016

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As a new mother, it is common to have doubts and insecurities about breast feeding. Breast feeding needs you to be relaxed, and take the time to bond with your baby. While it may seem more convenient to use formula milk, in fact there are many critical advantages to exclusive breast feeding that is not seen with formula milk. And the benefits extend well into your baby’s childhood and adult years. The benefits of breast feeding also extend to the mothers. Therefore it is important to be informed about this very important decision and give your baby the best start in life.

Common Questions and Answers

Question: What is breastfeeding?

Answer: Breastfeeding, also sometimes referred to as nursing, is the act of feeding your baby with milk from their mother’s breast.

Question: What is the recommendation for breast feeding?

Answer: Apollo Cradles is aligned to the WHO guidelines and recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants until six months of age and introduction of solid foods at around six months in addition to breastfeeds. Mothers should continue breastfeeding until the age of 12 months – and beyond, if both mother and infant wish. Breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth and should be “on demand”, as often as the child wants during day and night; bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.

Question: Why do people not breastfeed?

Answer: The reasons why most mothers do not breastfeed are because they are unaware of the immense benefits that breastfeeding has for the baby. It is probably the single most important thing you can do for your baby by giving him/her a healthy start in life. Other reasons could be that breastfeeding can sometimes be uncomfortable and without the right support at home, many mothers often give up. Fears about whether the baby is getting enough milk could also be a reason why mothers do not breast feed

Question: How do you overcome these problems?

Answer: You should consult your doctor who will reassure you about any doubts you have. You should firmly commit to giving your baby the best and seek help from your support circle, whether it is family or friends so that you are successful in breastfeeding.  Attend the lactation counselling education sessions during your pregnancy antenatal classes and clear any doubts you may have. Even after your delivery, seek the help of the lactation counsellor and nurse. Remember it is the most natural thing to do and relax. The bonding between mother and baby can be extremely rewarding.

Question: Will I produce enough milk?

Answer: Just after birth the breast produces colostrum in small amounts (5-10 cc per feed). This is just the amount that baby needs as the baby’s kidneys are not initially able to handle large volumes of fluid. Colostrum is higher in protein and minerals, and lower in fat, carbohydrates and some vitamins compared to mature breastmilk.

The most important part of establishing a good milk supply is effective and frequent milk removal from the breast during the baby’s first weeks of life. It is important to have the breasts drained well and often, either by the baby breastfeeding, or by milk expression (double pumping or hand expression).

The supply and demand response is a feedback control system that regulates the production of milk to match the intake of the infant.

Question: Does colostrum have any immunological properties?

Answer: Colostrum has immunoglobulins (mostly IgA) that provide anti-infective protection for the baby. This is not present in any formula feed. As a result of the epidermal growth factor in breast milk, the maturation of intestinal lining is hastened which strengthens the barriers to antigens getting absorbed from the intestine.

There are also anti-allergic benefits of breast milk. Occasional formula supplements can trigger an allergic reaction, and should be avoided. It has the greatest benefit if your baby is exclusively breastfed for 6 months, and you continue for a minimum of 12 months, if you delay introduction of solids until 6 months and allergenic foods (milk, eggs, fish and nuts) are eliminated from the maternal diet

Question: What if my child does not want to be breastfed?

Answer: Starting breast feeding within the first hour of life with skin to skin contact will generally prevent this. Babies will naturally breast feed if you respond to the cues from your baby and you feed on demand. If your baby appears to be uncomfortable, check the position you are holding your baby in and try to adopt a more comfortable one.

Question: What if I have pain while nursing?

Answer: When you nurse your child, you might face conditions such as pain in the nipples or breast pains. It can get uncomfortable with breast engorgement that needs to be expressed. However, these are initial problems due to both you and baby learning how to best position yourselves and latch on. It will settle very quickly. You can manage these conditions by using a nipple shield or hydrogel pads.

Question:  Does my breast size affect the amount of milk I can produce?

Your breast’s size depends on the amount of fatty tissue it contains. It has nothing to do with the amount of milk you produce. Both small and big breasted women are able to make the amount of milk that their baby needs as the milk is produced by the glandular tissue in the breast. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your breasts produce.

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Common Questions and Answers

Question: What is breastfeeding?

Answer: Breastfeeding, also sometimes referred to as nursing, is the act of feeding your baby with milk from their mother’s breast.

Question: What is the recommendation for breast feeding?

Answer: Apollo Cradles is aligned to the WHO guidelines and recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants until six months of age and introduction of solid foods at around six months in addition to breastfeeds. Mothers should continue breastfeeding until the age of 12 months – and beyond, if both mother and infant wish. Breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth and should be “on demand”, as often as the child wants during day and night; bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.

Question: Why do people not breastfeed?

Answer: The reasons why most mothers do not breastfeed are because they are unaware of the immense benefits that breastfeeding has for the baby. It is probably the single most important thing you can do for your baby by giving him/her a healthy start in life. Other reasons could be that breastfeeding can sometimes be uncomfortable and without the right support at home, many mothers often give up. Fears about whether the baby is getting enough milk could also be a reason why mothers do not breast feed

Question: How do you overcome these problems?

Answer: You should consult your doctor who will reassure you about any doubts you have. You should firmly commit to giving your baby the best and seek help from your support circle, whether it is family or friends so that you are successful in breastfeeding.  Attend the lactation counselling education sessions during your pregnancy antenatal classes and clear any doubts you may have. Even after your delivery, seek the help of the lactation counsellor and nurse. Remember it is the most natural thing to do and relax. The bonding between mother and baby can be extremely rewarding.

Question: Will I produce enough milk?

Answer: Just after birth the breast produces colostrum in small amounts (5-10 cc per feed). This is just the amount that baby needs as the baby’s kidneys are not initially able to handle large volumes of fluid. Colostrum is higher in protein and minerals, and lower in fat, carbohydrates and some vitamins compared to mature breastmilk.

The most important part of establishing a good milk supply is effective and frequent milk removal from the breast during the baby’s first weeks of life. It is important to have the breasts drained well and often, either by the baby breastfeeding, or by milk expression (double pumping or hand expression).

The supply and demand response is a feedback control system that regulates the production of milk to match the intake of the infant.

Question: Does colostrum have any immunological properties?

Answer: Colostrum has immunoglobulins (mostly IgA) that provide anti-infective protection for the baby. This is not present in any formula feed. As a result of the epidermal growth factor in breast milk, the maturation of intestinal lining is hastened which strengthens the barriers to antigens getting absorbed from the intestine.

There are also anti-allergic benefits of breast milk. Occasional formula supplements can trigger an allergic reaction, and should be avoided. It has the greatest benefit if your baby is exclusively breastfed for 6 months, and you continue for a minimum of 12 months, if you delay introduction of solids until 6 months and allergenic foods (milk, eggs, fish and nuts) are eliminated from the maternal diet

Question: What if my child does not want to be breastfed?

Answer: Starting breast feeding within the first hour of life with skin to skin contact will generally prevent this. Babies will naturally breast feed if you respond to the cues from your baby and you feed on demand. If your baby appears to be uncomfortable, check the position you are holding your baby in and try to adopt a more comfortable one.

Question: What if I have pain while nursing?

Answer: When you nurse your child, you might face conditions such as pain in the nipples or breast pains. It can get uncomfortable with breast engorgement that needs to be expressed. However, these are initial problems due to both you and baby learning how to best position yourselves and latch on. It will settle very quickly. You can manage these conditions by using a nipple shield or hydrogel pads.

Question:  Does my breast size affect the amount of milk I can produce?

Your breast’s size depends on the amount of fatty tissue it contains. It has nothing to do with the amount of milk you produce. Both small and big breasted women are able to make the amount of milk that their baby needs as the milk is produced by the glandular tissue in the breast. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your breasts produce.

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Breastfeeding – common questions and answers

Breastfeeding – common questions and answers

June 25, 2016

As a new mother, it is common to have doubts and insecurities about ...

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Every woman who is pregnant or has just delivered, would have considered this at some time and made her choice. While many women choose formula milk for the convenience of it, if they were aware of the many benefits of breastfeeding, they would rethink their decision. Read through the following before making your choice.

Breast milk is all a baby needs.

Breastfeeding provides babies with the best start in life and is a key contributor to infant health.

Exclusive breastfeeding is strongly recommended for the first 6 months. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. The baby does not need water, other fluids, or foods during this time. After the first 6 months, breastfeeding continues to be important when other foods are given to the baby. A mother’s milk is especially suited for her own baby and changes from day to day, month to month, and feed to feed to meet the baby’s needs.

Help for the immune system

At birth, babies do not have a fully developed immune system at birth. Breast milk is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as gastroenteritis, necrotizing enterocolitis, ear infections, urinary tract infections and respiratory infections.

As a result of epidermal growth factor in breastmilk, the maturation of the intestinal lining is hastened which strengthens the barriers to antigens and the IgA protects gut from absorbing antigens.

Intelligence quotient

Many studies agree that breastfed babies have greater cognitive development and develop a higher IQ as they grow.

Allergies and asthma

There are anti-allergic benefits of breastmilk. Occasional formula supplements can trigger an allergic reaction, and should be avoided. It has the greatest benefit if babies are exclusively breastfed for 6 months, it is continued for a minimum of 12 months, introduction of solids is delayed until 6 months and allergenic foods (milk, eggs, fish and nuts) are eliminated from the maternal diet.

SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. This may seem like a very uncommon and rare disease but SIDS or cot death is the commoner than one thinks in infants between the ages of one month and one year. The cause is unknown but it has been linked to abnormalities in the portion of an infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep.

Breastfeeding has been proven to reduce the occurrence of SIDS.

Breastfeeding is also beneficial to the mother’s health.

Oxytocin release during breastfeeding contracts the uterus and helps reduce bleeding after delivery. It hastens involution of uterus (return to its pre-pregnancy size), faster return to pre-pregnant weight and there is a lower risk of postpartum infection and anaemia. Breastfeeding has also been associated with a reduced risk of maternal disease later in life including breast cancer, diabetes type 2, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you do not breastfeed you are a higher risk of developing anaemia, retaining the fat deposited during pregnancy, becoming pregnant soon after the baby’s birth, breast cancer and hip fractures in older age.

Bonding with baby

It is also important to recognize that breastfeeding is much more than just a method of feeding, it is a relationship and a special bonding time for mothers and babies. The frequent and close physical contact between the mother and her baby builds attachment.

However, this should not take away from father’s early relationship with their baby. They can and should build their own special bond with their baby. This can be done while giving the baby a bath, changing nappies or taking the baby for a walk while the mother is resting.

It is important to also take the help of professionals such as your doctor and lactation counselor while pregnant to making this crucial decision for your baby. It is important to start within the first one hour after delivery to ensure success.

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Every woman who is pregnant or has just delivered, would have considered this at some time and made her choice. While many women choose formula milk for the convenience of it, if they were aware of the many benefits of breastfeeding, they would rethink their decision. Read through the following before making your choice.

Breast milk is all a baby needs.

Breastfeeding provides babies with the best start in life and is a key contributor to infant health.

Exclusive breastfeeding is strongly recommended for the first 6 months. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. The baby does not need water, other fluids, or foods during this time. After the first 6 months, breastfeeding continues to be important when other foods are given to the baby. A mother’s milk is especially suited for her own baby and changes from day to day, month to month, and feed to feed to meet the baby’s needs.

Help for the immune system

At birth, babies do not have a fully developed immune system at birth. Breast milk is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as gastroenteritis, necrotizing enterocolitis, ear infections, urinary tract infections and respiratory infections.

As a result of epidermal growth factor in breastmilk, the maturation of the intestinal lining is hastened which strengthens the barriers to antigens and the IgA protects gut from absorbing antigens.

Intelligence quotient

Many studies agree that breastfed babies have greater cognitive development and develop a higher IQ as they grow.

Allergies and asthma

There are anti-allergic benefits of breastmilk. Occasional formula supplements can trigger an allergic reaction, and should be avoided. It has the greatest benefit if babies are exclusively breastfed for 6 months, it is continued for a minimum of 12 months, introduction of solids is delayed until 6 months and allergenic foods (milk, eggs, fish and nuts) are eliminated from the maternal diet.

SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. This may seem like a very uncommon and rare disease but SIDS or cot death is the commoner than one thinks in infants between the ages of one month and one year. The cause is unknown but it has been linked to abnormalities in the portion of an infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep.

Breastfeeding has been proven to reduce the occurrence of SIDS.

Breastfeeding is also beneficial to the mother’s health.

Oxytocin release during breastfeeding contracts the uterus and helps reduce bleeding after delivery. It hastens involution of uterus (return to its pre-pregnancy size), faster return to pre-pregnant weight and there is a lower risk of postpartum infection and anaemia. Breastfeeding has also been associated with a reduced risk of maternal disease later in life including breast cancer, diabetes type 2, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you do not breastfeed you are a higher risk of developing anaemia, retaining the fat deposited during pregnancy, becoming pregnant soon after the baby’s birth, breast cancer and hip fractures in older age.

Bonding with baby

It is also important to recognize that breastfeeding is much more than just a method of feeding, it is a relationship and a special bonding time for mothers and babies. The frequent and close physical contact between the mother and her baby builds attachment.

However, this should not take away from father’s early relationship with their baby. They can and should build their own special bond with their baby. This can be done while giving the baby a bath, changing nappies or taking the baby for a walk while the mother is resting.

It is important to also take the help of professionals such as your doctor and lactation counselor while pregnant to making this crucial decision for your baby. It is important to start within the first one hour after delivery to ensure success.

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Breast feeding vs. formula feeding

Breast feeding vs. formula feeding

June 21, 2016

Every woman who is pregnant or has just delivered, would have consid...

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Breast milk is undoubtedly the preferred option of nutrition for a newborn. While new mums maybe a little hesitant, knowing that breast feeding is like a bouquet of benefits, for both the child and the mother, should definitely inspire every new mum to breast feed.

Some interesting facts about breast-feeding

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese

According to research, babies who are breastfed during the first six months of their life have reduced chances of obesity during adulthood. Scientists have found out that the brain develops a feeding pattern during the first few months after the baby is born. This feeding pattern can be traced to the fact that weight problems are more common in adults who were over-fed with formula based baby milk during the first few months after birth.

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to have type-II diabetes

Breast milk is considered to be an extremely beneficial source of nutrients for the newborns because it helps to reduce risks of a number of diseases including diabetes. If a woman develops gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, chances are high that her baby would be obese during his or her childhood. However, when a baby is breastfed for at least 6 months, such chances are neutralized.

  • Intelligence is higher for breastfed babies

According to studies, breastfed babies are likely to be more educated and earn more than babies who were not breastfed. Studies have also found out that prolonged breastfeeding can not only increase intelligence until the age of 30, but can also contribute to the higher educational attainment and earning capability of the individual.

  • It has been said that breastfeeding is a method of birth control which has a 98% success rate

Breastfeeding can work as a method of birth control during the first 6 six months after child birth, though it may not be as foolproof as the other methods of contraception. Breastfeeding as a form of contraception is known as Lactational Amenorrhoea Method (LAM). LAM has been found to be 98% effective.

  • Breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression all have their chances reduced by breastfeeding

Women who breastfeed their babies may undergo hormonal changes during their lactation period that delay their menstrual periods. This can result in reduction of a woman’s exposure to estrogen, thus promoting growth of breast cancer cells. Breast-feeding is also believed to prevent ovarian cancer since it can delay ovulation. Researchers suggest that as there are more ovulations, risks of cell mutation increase, which in turn trigger chances of ovarian cancer.

  • Diarrhea and pneumonia are both less likely to happen if a baby is breastfed

Breastfeeding helps to promote cognitive and sensory development in the baby and protects him/her against a number of infectious and chronic diseases. Evidence suggests that exclusive breastfeeding can help in reducing infant mortality by preventing the child against common diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and also by aiding quicker recovery.

  • Breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth

Breast-feeding during the first hour of birth provides a number of benefits for the baby as the baby receives the “colostrum” which is enriched with immunological properties. These prevent the baby against infections and diseases. It also provides other advantages such as stimulation of the baby’s bowels and digestive system.

  • Breastfed infants are at a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden infant death syndrome is referred to the death of a normal, healthy infant of not even a year old in his/her sleep. The cause of the death is yet to be known but can be and usually is associated with abnormalities in development of the brain of the baby. Infants who are breastfed show better brain development as compared to the ones who are not. Therefore, experts advise to regularly breastfeed your infants as it leads to proper development of the brain and reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

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Breast milk is undoubtedly the preferred option of nutrition for a newborn. While new mums maybe a little hesitant, knowing that breast feeding is like a bouquet of benefits, for both the child and the mother, should definitely inspire every new mum to breast feed.

Some interesting facts about breast-feeding

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese

According to research, babies who are breastfed during the first six months of their life have reduced chances of obesity during adulthood. Scientists have found out that the brain develops a feeding pattern during the first few months after the baby is born. This feeding pattern can be traced to the fact that weight problems are more common in adults who were over-fed with formula based baby milk during the first few months after birth.

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to have type-II diabetes

Breast milk is considered to be an extremely beneficial source of nutrients for the newborns because it helps to reduce risks of a number of diseases including diabetes. If a woman develops gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, chances are high that her baby would be obese during his or her childhood. However, when a baby is breastfed for at least 6 months, such chances are neutralized.

  • Intelligence is higher for breastfed babies

According to studies, breastfed babies are likely to be more educated and earn more than babies who were not breastfed. Studies have also found out that prolonged breastfeeding can not only increase intelligence until the age of 30, but can also contribute to the higher educational attainment and earning capability of the individual.

  • It has been said that breastfeeding is a method of birth control which has a 98% success rate

Breastfeeding can work as a method of birth control during the first 6 six months after child birth, though it may not be as foolproof as the other methods of contraception. Breastfeeding as a form of contraception is known as Lactational Amenorrhoea Method (LAM). LAM has been found to be 98% effective.

  • Breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression all have their chances reduced by breastfeeding

Women who breastfeed their babies may undergo hormonal changes during their lactation period that delay their menstrual periods. This can result in reduction of a woman’s exposure to estrogen, thus promoting growth of breast cancer cells. Breast-feeding is also believed to prevent ovarian cancer since it can delay ovulation. Researchers suggest that as there are more ovulations, risks of cell mutation increase, which in turn trigger chances of ovarian cancer.

  • Diarrhea and pneumonia are both less likely to happen if a baby is breastfed

Breastfeeding helps to promote cognitive and sensory development in the baby and protects him/her against a number of infectious and chronic diseases. Evidence suggests that exclusive breastfeeding can help in reducing infant mortality by preventing the child against common diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and also by aiding quicker recovery.

  • Breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth

Breast-feeding during the first hour of birth provides a number of benefits for the baby as the baby receives the “colostrum” which is enriched with immunological properties. These prevent the baby against infections and diseases. It also provides other advantages such as stimulation of the baby’s bowels and digestive system.

  • Breastfed infants are at a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden infant death syndrome is referred to the death of a normal, healthy infant of not even a year old in his/her sleep. The cause of the death is yet to be known but can be and usually is associated with abnormalities in development of the brain of the baby. Infants who are breastfed show better brain development as compared to the ones who are not. Therefore, experts advise to regularly breastfeed your infants as it leads to proper development of the brain and reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

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8 Benefits of Breastfeeding

8 Benefits of Breastfeeding

June 13, 2016

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As a mother, you want to give your child nothing but the best. And as a new mother, what better can you give, than breast milk. However, to a new mother who is physically and emotionally fatigued, breast feeding can sometimes seem like be an overwhelming task. The key is to take your time, stay calm, spend time with your newborn and devise a technique that works for you and your baby. Get as much support as you can from your spouse, family, doctors and nursing staff during the initial few days to make the breast feeding experience enjoyable and rewarding.

How to get your baby to latch-on during breastfeeding

  • Firstly, the baby should be in your direction so that it does not have to twist to reach your nipple. This would be very uncomfortable for the baby.
  • The areola is the small circular area which has a pigment and surrounds the nipple. The mammary glands are located just behind the areola. It is important that the areola comes into contact with the baby as this stimulates the mammary glands.
  • Find a position you can stay in for a long time and do not have to move from. It has been suggested to stay in a reclined position as this allows gravity to help support your baby so you don’t have to do all the work when you are lying on your back. It is also an easier position for your baby to use her hands, lift and turn her head, and bury her chin into the breast all of which help her to latch on to the mother’s nipple.
  • Get your spouse involved. Ask him to arrange the bed for comfortable seating, put pillows in a certain place or even refill your water bottle.
  • Another way to help settle the baby is to place a hand on the upper back or neck of the baby.
  • Do not hesitate to feed the baby a lot. Give him as much skin-to-skin contact as possible and do not let him go too far away from you. This way both you and the baby will get a lot of feeding practice. This practice is crucial in the months to come as this will allow the baby to get the breast milk as and when required and will also allow your breasts to provide milk as and when required. This is because your breasts go into a schedule of producing milk
  • It is crucial that you feed your baby before the baby starts yelling for it; as when the baby is crying, the baby’s tongue will go a long way back in his mouth which will not allow breast feeding to happen as easily.
  • Soothe and calm your baby before you breast feed him/her in the first few days. Do not try and force him/her on to your breast. This may seem like a lot to take at first but try not to worry, as you and your baby will get to know each other in the coming days and weeks. Keeping your baby close to you will help you learn what he/she is trying to say and your communication will also improve in the process. For example, you can tell when it is hungry with a lot more ease.
  • In these first few days, your baby could lose weight. This does not mean it is receiving less breast milk than it should. It will start to put on weight again before it is five days old. Also, breast feeding makes your baby feel sleepy due to the special composition of colostrum. Often, the baby will go to sleep by itself once breast feeding is complete. Wait for this to happen.
  • In case of difficulties during first trial, gently compress your breasts so that the full nipple fits in your baby’s mouth and allows the baby to latch-on during breast feeding. You can even spur on breast feeding by gently compressing your areola so that some breast milk comes out.

These are just some tips about how to get your baby to latch on during breastfeeding.Being comfortable and being able to get your baby to your breast are the two things that really matter.

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As a mother, you want to give your child nothing but the best. And as a new mother, what better can you give, than breast milk. However, to a new mother who is physically and emotionally fatigued, breast feeding can sometimes seem like be an overwhelming task. The key is to take your time, stay calm, spend time with your newborn and devise a technique that works for you and your baby. Get as much support as you can from your spouse, family, doctors and nursing staff during the initial few days to make the breast feeding experience enjoyable and rewarding.

How to get your baby to latch-on during breastfeeding

  • Firstly, the baby should be in your direction so that it does not have to twist to reach your nipple. This would be very uncomfortable for the baby.
  • The areola is the small circular area which has a pigment and surrounds the nipple. The mammary glands are located just behind the areola. It is important that the areola comes into contact with the baby as this stimulates the mammary glands.
  • Find a position you can stay in for a long time and do not have to move from. It has been suggested to stay in a reclined position as this allows gravity to help support your baby so you don’t have to do all the work when you are lying on your back. It is also an easier position for your baby to use her hands, lift and turn her head, and bury her chin into the breast all of which help her to latch on to the mother’s nipple.
  • Get your spouse involved. Ask him to arrange the bed for comfortable seating, put pillows in a certain place or even refill your water bottle.
  • Another way to help settle the baby is to place a hand on the upper back or neck of the baby.
  • Do not hesitate to feed the baby a lot. Give him as much skin-to-skin contact as possible and do not let him go too far away from you. This way both you and the baby will get a lot of feeding practice. This practice is crucial in the months to come as this will allow the baby to get the breast milk as and when required and will also allow your breasts to provide milk as and when required. This is because your breasts go into a schedule of producing milk
  • It is crucial that you feed your baby before the baby starts yelling for it; as when the baby is crying, the baby’s tongue will go a long way back in his mouth which will not allow breast feeding to happen as easily.
  • Soothe and calm your baby before you breast feed him/her in the first few days. Do not try and force him/her on to your breast. This may seem like a lot to take at first but try not to worry, as you and your baby will get to know each other in the coming days and weeks. Keeping your baby close to you will help you learn what he/she is trying to say and your communication will also improve in the process. For example, you can tell when it is hungry with a lot more ease.
  • In these first few days, your baby could lose weight. This does not mean it is receiving less breast milk than it should. It will start to put on weight again before it is five days old. Also, breast feeding makes your baby feel sleepy due to the special composition of colostrum. Often, the baby will go to sleep by itself once breast feeding is complete. Wait for this to happen.
  • In case of difficulties during first trial, gently compress your breasts so that the full nipple fits in your baby’s mouth and allows the baby to latch-on during breast feeding. You can even spur on breast feeding by gently compressing your areola so that some breast milk comes out.

These are just some tips about how to get your baby to latch on during breastfeeding.Being comfortable and being able to get your baby to your breast are the two things that really matter.

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How to get your baby to latch on during breastfeeding

How to get your baby to latch on during breastfeeding

June 7, 2016

As a mother, you want to give your child nothing but the best. And a...

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220,000 Babies Can Be Saved Every Year If Breastfed Within The First Hour of Birth

Throughout human history, Malnutrition stands as one of the leading causes of infant deaths. Apart from being an epidemic in its own right, Malnutrition also contributes to complications like diarrhea and pneumonia. In order to tackle this head-on, doctors around the world offer new mothers simple techniques to combat this, with the chief method being to breast feed their children. It has been proven that 220,000 babies can be saved each year, if they are breast fed within the first hour of giving birth.Breastfeeding not only helps reduce the chances of malnutrition, but also gives babies a head start in the race against malnutrition. Your newborn is not just the only one who benefits from this process either. Along with boosting lactation and reducing the loss of blood after birth, the overall health of a mother sees a marked improvement, and also helps with your child’s development.

In addition to such points, other facts also add up to show how breastfeeding can be beneficial to your new born:

Mother Nature Has Programmed Your Child To Feed: 

In the moments that following the birthing process, newborns are in a quiet, alert and ready-to-learn state. Born with a heightened sense of taste, particularly for the taste of breast milk, babies are programmed to find their mother’s breast, and will often find it unaided, when placed on the mother’s chest.

Body Contact Between Mother And Child Is Vital:

Research has shown that babies who are breastfed soon after birth, tend to be calmer, and also cry less. During this process, direct skin-to-skin contact with their mother helps keep the newborn warm, regulates its heart and respiratory rates, and also regularizes the appropriate amount of oxygen intake after birth. Studies into this phenomenon indicates that babies tend to adjust their system according to their mother’s system, therefore picking up on the body temperature, heart rate and many other vitals that it needs to develop.

Why is colostrum important for the baby?

Colostrum is the first milk that your body produces for your baby. Secreted during pregnancy and through the early days of breast feeding, it offers your newborn the best form of nutrition, being rich in protein, carbohydrates and other antibodies, and low on fat, all ingredients that are tailor-made to keep your baby happy and healthy. An immune factor, which is crucial to your child’s well-being, known as secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), can also be found in high quantities, which goes a long way in ensuring that your child is well-equipped to fight off any potential illnesses.

An added benefit of Colostrum is its easily digestible nature, which helps the child to not only easily consume your breast milk, but also helps act as a laxative to clean the stomach and aids in passing stool, which is crucial for preventing jaundice. Colostrum also contains leukocytes, which in turn aids in creating lymphocytes, a crucial requirement for your child’s immune system to destroy viruses and disease-causing bacteria.

Advantages of breastfeeding extend beyond birth

Breast feeding can continue to reap benefits well after the initial days. Babies who have been exclusively been breast fed for six months suffer from lesser chances of ear infection, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhea. Breastfeeding can also help reduce the chances of diabetes, owing to Colostrum’s nature of being able to reduce the chances of metabolic syndrome.

 

 

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220,000 Babies Can Be Saved Every Year If Breastfed Within The First Hour of Birth

Throughout human history, Malnutrition stands as one of the leading causes of infant deaths. Apart from being an epidemic in its own right, Malnutrition also contributes to complications like diarrhea and pneumonia. In order to tackle this head-on, doctors around the world offer new mothers simple techniques to combat this, with the chief method being to breast feed their children. It has been proven that 220,000 babies can be saved each year, if they are breast fed within the first hour of giving birth.Breastfeeding not only helps reduce the chances of malnutrition, but also gives babies a head start in the race against malnutrition. Your newborn is not just the only one who benefits from this process either. Along with boosting lactation and reducing the loss of blood after birth, the overall health of a mother sees a marked improvement, and also helps with your child’s development.

In addition to such points, other facts also add up to show how breastfeeding can be beneficial to your new born:

Mother Nature Has Programmed Your Child To Feed: 

In the moments that following the birthing process, newborns are in a quiet, alert and ready-to-learn state. Born with a heightened sense of taste, particularly for the taste of breast milk, babies are programmed to find their mother’s breast, and will often find it unaided, when placed on the mother’s chest.

Body Contact Between Mother And Child Is Vital:

Research has shown that babies who are breastfed soon after birth, tend to be calmer, and also cry less. During this process, direct skin-to-skin contact with their mother helps keep the newborn warm, regulates its heart and respiratory rates, and also regularizes the appropriate amount of oxygen intake after birth. Studies into this phenomenon indicates that babies tend to adjust their system according to their mother’s system, therefore picking up on the body temperature, heart rate and many other vitals that it needs to develop.

Why is colostrum important for the baby?

Colostrum is the first milk that your body produces for your baby. Secreted during pregnancy and through the early days of breast feeding, it offers your newborn the best form of nutrition, being rich in protein, carbohydrates and other antibodies, and low on fat, all ingredients that are tailor-made to keep your baby happy and healthy. An immune factor, which is crucial to your child’s well-being, known as secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), can also be found in high quantities, which goes a long way in ensuring that your child is well-equipped to fight off any potential illnesses.

An added benefit of Colostrum is its easily digestible nature, which helps the child to not only easily consume your breast milk, but also helps act as a laxative to clean the stomach and aids in passing stool, which is crucial for preventing jaundice. Colostrum also contains leukocytes, which in turn aids in creating lymphocytes, a crucial requirement for your child’s immune system to destroy viruses and disease-causing bacteria.

Advantages of breastfeeding extend beyond birth

Breast feeding can continue to reap benefits well after the initial days. Babies who have been exclusively been breast fed for six months suffer from lesser chances of ear infection, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhea. Breastfeeding can also help reduce the chances of diabetes, owing to Colostrum’s nature of being able to reduce the chances of metabolic syndrome.

 

 

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