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Breastfeeding Dos and Don’ts for New Moms to Keep in Mind

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Highlights

  • Breastfeeding can be a magical experience for every mother
  • In order to ensure the health of the baby, the health of the mother is equally important
  • If you are new to breastfeeding, this article is for you.

New Delhi: Did you know that studies have shown the benefit of breastfeeding in reducing the risk of breast cancer? Another magical experience that follows childbirth is breastfeeding. When starting out, mothers often have doubts and questions about the right way to breastfeed. If you are new to breastfeeding, this article is for you.

Breastfeeding Dos and Don’ts

To do : Here are some things you should do while breastfeeding:

  1. Be patient with the process and don’t be discouraged when you encounter difficulties while breastfeeding. Rushing things and sweating will not help but hamper the experience.
  2. Maintain spectacular hygiene to prevent the risk of the baby contracting infection. This is important because it is also during the breastfeeding stage that babies are most vulnerable because their immune system is not strong enough.
  3. Consume a healthy, balanced diet rich in all the essential nutrients the body needs. In order to ensure the health of the baby, the health of the mother is equally important.
  4. Take care of yourself by taking measures such as drinking enough water, staying well rested, staying physically active, etc.
  5. Always consult a doctor before taking any medication. Do not take care of yourself.

Not to do : Here are some things you should avoid while breastfeeding:

  1. If your lifestyle includes regular consumption of alcohol or cigarettes, it’s time to quit for your baby’s sake. Drinking alcohol or nicotine while breastfeeding can harm both mother and baby.
  2. Avoid eating unhealthy foods such as junk foods, processed foods, etc., as they may contain excess fat, sugar, and salt. This can harm the health of the mother, which will have a direct impact on the baby.
  3. Refrain from breastfeeding your baby if you suffer from ailments to avoid the risk of infecting the baby.
  4. Don’t rush to give your baby solid foods. Your breast milk contains all the essential nutrients needed to meet your baby’s needs.
  5. If you experience pain while breastfeeding, don’t wait and see a healthcare professional right away as it could be a sign of an underlying complication.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are provided for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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