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Common problems associated with breastfeeding.

In this article you will find guidelines for troubleshooting the three most common problems associated with breastfeeding. Kindly note: These are only guidelines. A mother may have unique problems which require unique treatment that can be only given by personal (one-on-one) counselling from your lactation consultant after proper discussion. The common problems associated with breastfeeding are as follows: Flat or Inverted nipple Nipple Soreness/cracks Breast engorgement. 1.Flat or inverted nipple If the nipple is flat or inverted, you may find it difficult to latch the baby. In majority of the cases, flat nipples might not require much intervention if you allow the innate reflexes of your little one to play. Some simple steps to resolve this are as follows • Syringe suction method which can be taught to you by your LC or nursing staff. (Make sure it is done very lightly, too much of suctioning might cause nipple injury) • Manually stretching and rolling of the nipple between th

Breastfeeding is the best insurance plan for the mother and child

Mother’s milk provides optimal nutrition for the baby. Breast milk has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and all micro nutrients . It is a live fluid and is loaded with numerous immunological factors. The antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones make breast milk so special.  Breastfeeding offers many advantages to mother-infant pair. I have enlisted few important ones here Advantages offered by Breast milk and Breastfeeding For the baby: 1. All the nutrients are in appropriate proportion for optimal growth and development of the baby and it is tailor made as per baby's requirement. 2. Protects the baby from infections and allergies. 3.   It is contamination-free as it is transferred directly from the mother to the baby. 4. Breast milk is at  the right temperature and is  e asily digestible by the baby. 5. Mother's milk helps is brain growth and cognitive development of the tiny tot. 6. It provides protection against obesity, hypertensio

Breastfeeding: a boon for babies

  It is well known that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for the baby, mother and the society as well. In addition studies have consistently shown that the benefits of breastfeeding last well into adulthood too. Mother produces milk specifically suited for her baby. Breast milk is a complex, living, biological fluid which contains just the right amounts of nutrients, in the right proportions. It is rich in immunoglobulins, enzymes, hormones, growth factors, macrophages, etc. Babies learn to regulate temperature and maintain stable breathing and heart rate while breastfeeding. Lactose in human milk enhances calcium absorption and metabolizes into galactose and glucose, which supplies energy to infant’s rapidly growing brain. Human milk contains numerous long-chain fatty acids including DHA and ARA. These lipids are responsible for cell membrane integrity in the brain, retinas and other parts of the baby’s body. Breastmilk contains a lot of