Breast Milk: The Best Milk for Your Baby
- Why Breast Milk?
Breast milk contains immunoglobulins, IgG, IgA, that protect your child from many viral and bacterial diseases as was the mother in first few most vulnerable periods of its life. It is also preheated to body temperature, nutritious and sterile, free from adulteration. Freshly available all the time, no need to pack or buy. There are advantages too. It comes in neat unbreakable container, no need to sterilize bottles, washing dishes, other chores. It also develops healthy touch for both mother and child.
- Are there any contraindications?
Breast milk has to be avoided if mother is suffering from serious viral infections, such as AIDs. HIV virus is extreted live in breast milk, though in smaller quantities.Also while mother is receiving anticancer or other drugs which are harmful to the baby, and is extreted in milk. If you are ill during lactating period, and need to swallow medicines, inform the doctor while prescribing your medicines so that he will prescribe the right one for you.
- How to wean and stop breast milk in case?In case of HIV, or Serious ill ness or there was unfortuneate death of infant, breast milk can be stopped. Starting from naturopathy like Putting jasmine flowers, cabbage peals around both breasts, there are other easy methods. Early in Lactation, Vit B6 (Pyridoxin eg B-Long) in high doses, 2 daily for 2 weeks, is found to be affective too in certain cases. Brahmocryptin 2.5 mg TID daily for 5 days is as affective or even superior to older Stilboesterol 5 mg TID for 5 days but would require doctors advice and prescription. Estrogen injection (Myxogen) one or two were given in past, equally affective, again only on your doctors advice and prescription. It is necesary to note that family planning tablets are not affective while you are on Brahmocryptin. Consult your doctor for appropriate therapy for you.
- When can I start feeding the baby with other food?
Usually can start feeding from 3 month onwards. fruit juice, soup, boiled-churned and softened cereals such as rice, legumes, Green peas given in small quantity after breastfeed, and gradually increased. Gradually feed is increased. Even soft small peices of vegetables can be given after 6 months, or even pieces of fish or poultry by 1 year of age. Ask your doctor about food advice to your child.
- How do I wean the child?
Gradually increase the oral feeds, and start giving at least 3 or more times before breast feed. Breast should always be given at least upto 9 months or one year..
- Crack or sore nipples what to do?
Consult your doctor. Best of course is applying butter around the nipple. Doctor will give you the most appropriate advice.
- If there is any pain or swelling..?
Painful swelling, could be because of any infection. It could be harmful to you and baby too. Usually there will be tenderness and redness in late stages. Early antibiotics would be necessary if there is any infection suspected.
This is a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. To find out if this handout applies to you and to get more information, talk to your doctor.
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