Breastfeeding is healthy for both mother and baby. On the one hand baby gets well-balanced age appropriate food,while on the other mother sheds her extra pounds that she gained during pregnancy.It is a natural process that woman’s body follows, it stores fat during pregnancy to support child-birth, milk – production, energy required for taking care of new-born. Exclusive breastfeeding burns about 600 calories which is why mother needs to consume balanced diet even after delivery. She should take her calcium supplement along with irons to stay healthy and not let body deplete her own store of vitamins in process of making milk.
As far as baby is concerned she is getting custom-made, well – balanced food right for her age. Mothers your body designs milk accordingly, starting with colostrum packed with antibodies for newborns to becoming thicker as time passes by …. And as time passes it customizes itself according to baby’s needs.Formula milk has not yet matched breastmilk properties. It is cheap and all your baby needs.Even if you are working try to feed your baby as much as possible so that both mother and baby can be benefited . Store the milk for everyday use if you are a working mom. “Something is always better than nothing”.
Tips on storage : How to refrigerate or freeze your milk.
- Use sterilised containers. Opt for plastic bottles or plastic breastmilk bags.
- Always label and date your bottles and bags.
- Use up the oldest ones first.
- Keep your breast pump clean.
- Wash your hands before expressing and handling breastmilk for storage.
Benefits of breastmilk : “Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea.Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nursing-basics#1)
Recommended Calories: “Studies have shown that most healthy breastfeeding women maintain an abundant milk supply while taking in 1800-2200 (or more) calories per day. Consuming less than 1500-1800 calories per day (most women should stay at the high end of this range) may put your milk supply at risk, as may a sudden drop in caloric intake.” – says Kellymom.com
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Keeping up a exercise routine post delivery body is the key for healthy body and mind. At the minimum half-an-hour exercise or walk should be in must-to-do’s.
- Eat small meals every two hours.Each meal should have : Protein(e.g. Yogurt), Calcium,Iron, Vitamin B12 and other B families that where greens or red meats comes in
- Drinking lot of fluids water, freshly pressed juices, smoothies, etc
- Two bowl of fresh fruits
- green salad and dry nuts
- Most important brain food “ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE AND BE HAPPY”
- Stay away from spice food
- keep up with multivitamins as your body needs tons for both repair from delivering baby and for the milk production for newly born.
- Exercise keeps mind and body healthy and happy