Benefits of Breastfeeding and Breastmilk

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Breastmilk is a miracle for babies and is the best food that can provide all nutrients that babies need for the first 6 months. Breast milk and the first yellow milk after birth are very important for the baby. Because it protects the baby against diseases, the baby’s first vaccine. Memorial Atasehir Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Op. Dr. Parvana Seyidova gave information about the benefits of breastfeeding and breastfeeding.

Breast milk is the ideal food source that contains all kinds of nutritional values ​​such as protein, fat, iron and vitamins that the baby needs for the first 6 months. It protects the baby from infections due to the preservatives in it. Because there is enough water and vitamins in breast milk, there is no need to give water to baby even in very hot climates. Breast milk is vital for babies. Breast milk protects babies from all kinds of infections.

Breastfeeding is also the best way for the baby to establish a bond of affection with his mother. Breast milk protects the baby from diseases such as diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, and has an important role in jaw and tooth development. Breastfed children are more resistant to diseases such as asthma, allergy, and child diabetes, because there is enough iron in breast milk, there is no anemia in breastfed babies. In addition, breast milk, infant, abdominal pain and constipation is less common. It helps the baby’s mental, physical and intelligence development. 

How many months until breast milk to take?

Breast milk is the best and most natural food for babies. Breast milk can meet the needs of all healthy babies born during normal birth week alone for 6 months. It is recommended that breastfeeding should be continued until at least 1 year of age with appropriate additional foods after 6 months.  

Benefits of Breastfeeding to Mother

Breastfeeding provides a special bond of love between the baby and the mother. Breastfeeding immediately after birth reduces the amount of postpartum hemorrhage. The mother has a protective effect in her health; reduces the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, bone resorption and anemia. The hormone oxytocin secreted while breastfeeding is actually a hormone of happiness. At the same time, it facilitates the recovery of the mother’s prenatal body structure, facilitating both the recovery of the womb and the delivery of weight.

Breastfeeding Foods

It consumes at least 10-12 glasses of water every day, and increases the breast milk. In scientific studies, it is seen that some food and plants increase breast milk. Fennel comes first. Fennel; It is a plant of dill and it increases breast milk. Stinging nettle, basil and rosemary are the other plants that increase breast milk.

The following foods are among the foods recommended to women in the breastfeeding period in various societies, although there is no scientific research on their effects on breast milk and has been traditionally consumed for centuries. 

Black Sesame: Black sesame, rich in calcium, is believed to help increase breast milk. Apart from calcium, some minerals such as copper, sesame can be used in your meals.

Cumin: The cumin that is thought to promote milk production is also rich in iron, which is important to strengthen the mother after birth.

Barley: Rice made with barley or soup can be used to increase lactation. Although barley is not a result of any scientific research, it has been traditionally consumed by mothers in breastfeeding for centuries. In particular, the combination of barley and fennel is believed to improve the quality of milk.

Basil: It can be consumed with basil dishes which regulate the digestive system, which has a calming effect and which is also a good source of vitamin K.

Green Vegetables: Green vegetables such as beans, spinach, beet leaves and asparagus, which are the perfect source of vitamins and minerals, can increase lactation. These greens also help digestion and strengthen the body.

Red and Orange Vegetables: Beta-carotene-rich carrots, sweet potatoes, beets and other red, orange vegetables can help improve breast milk quality.

Garlic: Breastfeeding mothers because of the smell of the baby thinking that the baby does not like, but on the contrary, increasing the milk sucking time of the baby garlic at the same time, the appetite of the mother to take the necessary vitamins and minerals to help quality.

Oat: Oat is rich in nutrients, iron and calcium and is a very popular food among nursing mothers. You can prepare oatmeal puree for yourself and add nut, milk, fruit or spices to increase the nutritional value of the porridge.

Oils: Healthy fats such as olive oil, flaxseed oil and sesame oil are believed to help breastfeed. These oils also increase the mother’s energy. 

Problems in Infants Without Breast Milk

Because the digestive system contains preservatives for infections, infants who are not breastfed often experience infections. 
– The risk of otitis media is higher than for infants who are breastfed. 
– The risk of developing some chronic diseases is higher in infants who are not breastfed (such as Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac disease, Obesity, Coronary Heart Disease) 
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– Babies who don’t have breast milk cry more often.

Nutrition of children not receiving breast milk

Children who cannot be breastfed can be given formula (ready) formula, if not animal milk. Babies who are not breastfeeding should normally continue to take milk or food. Fluids and minerals lost by vomiting and diarrhea, oral fluids can be removed using probiotic powders that regulate the intestinal flora.

Nutrition is sufficient, the child is understood by the weight required for the month. Therefore, bring your child to health checks at regular intervals. Growth follow-ups in our health centers are made with percentile (growth) graphs.

Vitamins for Mother’s Milk to be of Dahha Quality

Mother’s presence in a peaceful environment, healthy feeding and acceptance of the baby helps increase breast milk. The baby sucking the mother is the main point that increases the mother’s milk. Healthy nutrition of the mother; protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, consume menus, sleep healthy, plenty of breastfeeding the baby at least 10-12 glasses of water per day to consume increases the mother’s milk. It is very important that the mother feeds a menu consisting of protein, carbohydrates and green vegetables without skipping meals. 

Breastfeeding in Non-Privacy Areas Mother is the most valuable gift that the mother will give to her baby. Mothers should be able to breastfeed their babies whenever they need. Feeding the baby comfortably and without stress, it is good for both mother and baby. For the new mother, it is very important to be in the social life and to get air. Of course also for the baby … If the mother is happy baby is happy. Breastfeeding is a very special and beautiful action for a mother and a basic need for the baby. The mother should not be afraid of the amount of her milk. It should continue to breastfeed frequently. The amount of milk will increase the amount of milk. They should not be socialized. Mother breastfeeding gowns developed for breastfeeding are the savior of mothers.

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