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7 Myths About Breastfeeding Debunked
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7 Myths About Breastfeeding Debunked

The ‘first milk’ – or colostrum – is rich in antibodies and gives newborns an immunity boost while their own immune systems are still developing.

Did you know? Breastfeeding protects your baby from ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and other childhood diseases. Moreover, did you know that it also protects the mother from diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers and heart disease.

Myth 1: Breastfeeding is complicated.

Fact: Breastfeeding is a simple process.

Babies have a natural instinct to seek their mother’s breast. Some moms may require practical assistance in ensuring that their baby is properly latched to the breast initially. For both mothers and newborns, breastfeeding comes naturally after the first few tries.

Myth 2: Breastfeeding is painful

Fact: Breastfeeding is generally not painful. Sometimes it is painful due to sore nipples. Sore nipples can be treated with topical application of certain medicated creams, desi ghee, etc.

Myth 3: Before breastfeeding, you should clean your nipples.

Fact: It is not required to wash your nipples before breastfeeding. When babies are born, they are already familiar with the smells and sounds of their mother. The nipples create a sense of security and familiarity for the baby.

Myth 4: To give the mother time to rest immediately after birth, you should separate the infant and the mother.

Fact: Skin-to-skin care, also known as kangaroo mother care, is frequently encouraged by doctors, nurses, and midwives shortly after birth. Bringing your baby into direct contact with your skin, so that their skin is against yours, is a crucial step in assisting both mother and baby in initiating breast feeding.

Myth 5: While breastfeeding, you should only eat bland foods.

Fact: Breastfeeding women, like everyone else, require a well-balanced diet. From the moment they are born, babies are exposed to their mothers’ eating preferences. It is best to consult a dietitian if a mother believes her infant is reacting to a certain meal she eats.

Myth 6: If you’re breastfeeding, you can’t take any medications.

Fact: It’s critical to tell your doctor that you’re nursing and to read the directions on any over-the-counter drugs. You may need to take medicines at a specific time interval, in a specific dosage, or to use a different formulation altogether. Consult your doctor before starting any medication while breast feeding.

Myth 7: Clingy babies are those that have been breastfed.

Fact: Every child is unique. No matter how they are fed, some are clingy and some are not. Breastfeeding not only gives the finest nutrition for infants, but it is also beneficial to their brain development. Because breastfed babies are held frequently, breastfeeding has been demonstrated to improve bonding with their mothers.

Contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Sr. Consultant Nutritionist & Child Nutrition Specialist in Delhi, with over 18 years of experience in this field, if you need expert advice on nutrition and post-natal health.

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Categories breastfeeding meal plan, Recipe

8 Super Foods for Breastfeeding Mothers

If you are a new mother, you are going to be the main source of nutrition to your baby. Hence while breastfeeding you need to pay special attention to your diet since certain foods help to pep up the milk supply. Moreover, healthy eating also gives you the energy to take care of yourself and your baby.
If you are one of those woman looking for a post delivery diet for breastfeeding, have a look at these 8 superfoods

1 Milk and Dairy Products
We all know that calcium is important. Get some of the required 1,000 mg a day from low-fat milk and dairy products. It’s also a good source of protein.

Tip: Add fruits or granola to your milk or yogurt for a more flavored taste, or add cheese slices into your sandwiches during your breakfast.

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2  Oats
Oatmeal is packed with protein, essential nutrients and fiber. It helps to improve the quality of the breast-milk and ensures the little one, in turn, gets all the nutritional requirements it needs to build its immune system.

Tip: Ideally, one small bowl of oat-meals, served hot is good enough for a breastfeeding mother. For more flavor, you can add fruits, nuts, and various other ingredients.

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3 Whole Grain
Mix healthy, whole-grain carbs like brown rice into your diet during the lactation period. Whole grains provide your body the calories it needs to make the best-quality milk for your baby. Moreover, they help you reduce weight naturally while keeping your energy levels high.

Tip: To enjoy a hearty and tasty meal – consume whole grain rice or rotis with vegetable or fish curry.

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4 Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are great breastfeeding food, especially for vegetarians. They provide protein, iron and a substantial amount of fiber – to keep you fit and healthy.

Tip: If you wish to save your time on cooking, prepare soups, stews, and salads that feature beans and legumes.

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5 Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, kale, etc are high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, niacin, and several other minerals and vitamins. Most of these nutrients are important for nursing mothers and their babies, so there are clear benefits to include dark green leafy vegetables in your post-delivery diet chart.

Tip: Prepare vegetable soup, or add the leaves in some curry or salad.

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6 Assorted Nuts
Assorted nuts are touted as great superfoods for breastfeeding moms because they are a good non-dairy source of calcium. Assorted nuts also provide essential nutrients like Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, B3, and B1. Adding the delicious dry fruit to your postnatal diet can help you boost your milk supply and your baby’s immunity.

Tip: Eat up to 8-10 nuts in the morning and evening. Or toss a small handful of nuts into your salad or smoothie. It can make the meal a lot more filling.

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7 Salmon
Salmon is a great source of protein and energy for breastfeeding mums. Rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids – this superfood helps build the baby’s nervous system.

Tip: Try making salmon patties that are easy to freeze. You can have on hand for a quick snack or take as an accompaniment for lunch or dinner.

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8 Shatavari
Shatavari is a very popular ayurvedic herb in India. It increases the production of corticoids and prolactin which improve the quality and the amount of breast milk produced by a lactating mother. Moreover, its antioxidant properties help improve the overall health of the nursing mother and fight ageing and cellular damage.

Tips: Shatavari can be consumed in various forms – capsules and powder.

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If you wish to get more such information on lactation diet or post-delivery diet for breastfeeding– contact Kanupriya Khanna @ info@kanupriyakhanna.in or Call: at +91 93183 90897.

Kanupriya is one of the best lactation consultants for new moms and babies. She pioneers the science of healthy eating, using fresh ingredients and foods that are easily available and can be integrated easily into daily lives.
Moreover, a mother of two herself, she understands the health needs and cravings of breastfeeding mothers extremely well. With her knowledge and experience, she will help you inculcate healthy eating and nutritious habits during your post-delivery days.

For more information visit: https://kanupriyakhanna.in/

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Categories Nutrition during lactation

Healthy Lactation Diet For Mums

Expectant mothers start thinking of feeding the baby well before they deliver. With a vast majority of health care providers/ lactation consultants suggesting that breast feeding is the best option, to be and new mothers have multiple questions on lactation diet. These range from –

What should I eat to produce enough milk for my baby?
• What should I avoid in my diet to ensure that my baby is not colic?
• If I don’t lactate is it alright to give my baby bottle feed?

Well, if you are not lactating, it is alright to give you baby bottle feed. At Kanupriya, we have consulted with many new mothers who are not lactating sufficiently or at all on bottle feed.

Having said that, if you are lactating then it is good to know that breast milk, in any quantity, is wonderful for babies. Some studies suggest exclusive breast feeding for the first six months while some lactation consultants suggest that introducing food at three months maybe alright. Bottom line is that breast milk remains the best meal for the baby for at least the first three months.

What makes breast milk the first universal suggestion is that it contains all nutrients that a baby needs for its growth and development, from proteins to fats to calories and minerals. These nutrients pass from the mother to the child. So here are some sample food groups that help understand a new mother’s healthy lactation diet.
A thumb rule to keep in mind is that when breastfeeding, you need 400-500kcal extra per day. Now coming to the food groups –

1. Dairy Products :                                                                                                                      Foods such as milk, paneer, cheese, eggs etc. are rich in protein and a good source of calcium. These foods help form Caesin in breast milk, which aids digestion and absorption of other nutrients.

2. Green and Leafy Vegetables:                                                                                            Broccoli, Kale, Peas, Mustard Greens etc are all rich in their protein and mineral content. This helps boost nutritional value of the breastmilk and the fiber maintains the mother’s digestive system’s health.

3. Pulses and Legumes:                                                                                                           These have high levels of minerals such as iron, folate, phosphorous, zinc, and B vitamins. Rich in proteins and low in fat, this is a good inclusion to have a well-balanced diet for a new mother.

4. Seafood:                                                                                                                                    Rich in iodine and other minerals, seafood for those not allergic can be an interesting addition in the daily diet.

Salt, butter and ghee in the normal amounts must also be consumed to ensure the supply of fat and energy to the mother.

Just as when pregnant, when breastfeeding mothers should be careful with caffeine, alcohol and medication. Hydration through water and other healthy fluids is essential and do not try diets to lose weight.
At Kanupriya we help our mothers plan their lactation diet for the well being of their child and themselves.

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