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Breastmilk-the liquid elixir of life!

Updated: Apr 7

In the realm of parenting, there exists no greater treasure than the nourishment a mother bestows upon her child through breastfeeding. It's a bond that transcends time, an act of pure love that nurtures both body and soul.

From time immemorial, the benefits of breast milk have been celebrated, and with each passing day, science unveils even more reasons to cherish this liquid gold. Despite the modern spotlight on various feeding methods, the unparalleled advantages of exclusive breastfeeding often remain underrated.

Breast milk is nature's perfect recipe, offering unparalleled convenience, economy, and personalized nutrition for every newborn. Whether delivered vaginally or via C-section, the first few hours of breastfeeding are paramount, as they provide colostrum—the initial milk rich in antibodies and proteins essential for a baby's immunity.

Many mothers fret over initial milk supply, unaware that the early drops are denser in calories, perfectly tailored to meet the growing baby's needs. Moreover, a baby's cry doesn't always signify hunger; it could be a wet nappy or an unsettled burp.

To dispel worries about supply, the key lies in frequent breastfeeding, as demand drives production. And the benefits of breast milk extend beyond infancy, offering immune factors that safeguard against childhood infections and even protect against future ailments like asthma and allergies.

For mothers, breastfeeding heralds a host of benefits, from postpartum weight loss to reduced bleeding and protection against ovarian and breast cancers. Despite the challenges faced by working mothers, expressing breast milk ensures that no drop of this precious elixir goes to waste.

However, amidst the celebration of breastfeeding, it's crucial to acknowledge and support mothers who face difficulties. Latching issues or insufficient supply shouldn't overshadow a mother's love; alternatives like formula feeding can still nurture a deep bond between parent and child.

Ultimately, the decision to introduce formula should be guided by medical advice, emphasizing the importance of mental well-being and spousal support. Breastfeeding is a journey—a beautiful, albeit challenging one—best traversed with understanding, acceptance, and unwavering support.

In closing, let us celebrate the timeless tradition of breastfeeding—a testament to a mother's unwavering love and devotion to her child's well-being.

Warm regards,

Dr Hisana Jahan

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