Saturday, 1 August 2020
World Breastfeeding Week is marked every year between 1 to 7 August to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding for mothers and infants. There is a direct influence of the nutritional status of the mother on the quality of breast milk she produces which further has an impact on the health of the baby. Breastfed babies have stronger immune systems, fewer risk of infections, less overall illness, and fewer gastrointestinal problems. At the same time, breastfeeding is a healthy practice for new mothers as it aids post-partum recovery, reduces the risk of cancer, helps burn calories, stimulates the uterus to return to its normal size, and creates an emotional bonding with the new-born.
Successful breastfeeding requires a constant dose of healthy nutrients that boost milk supply and help enhance the health status of the mother and the baby. There is an additional requirement of 500 extra calories per day for women who breastfeed and there are certain nutrients that are quintessential.