What is Breastfeeding
Breast-feeding is the process of naturally feeding an infant with milk produced in the breast of mother.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
- This milk is greatly beneficial for the baby as not only breast milk is good but the act of feeding the child is a process of affection through which the baby is taught to smell, bond, and caress with his or her mother as she offers nourishment and love.
- There is no doubt breast milk is the ideal food for a newborn.
- Nothing can replace or even come closer to offer all the nutrients and nourishments that the baby will require later in life.
- Breast milk is very easy to digest than any other milk available in the market, at the same time it offers protection from infections, prevents future food allergies, enables the growth of healthy teeth, and most importantly it enhances brain development.
- Studies have discovered that breast-fed babies are more sharp and bright than other milk fed babies.
Cause of Low Quality or Quantity of Milk
- Often breast milk is of inferior quality which may be the result of medications or an imbalance diet.
- Several antibiotics can also contaminate the milk and a high caffeine diet can also cause sleeping disorders or colics.
- For the baby it is necessary that the mother should eat a finely balance diet after giving birth, and ideally those foods which are free from pesticides because these poisons become extremely concentrated in the milk.
- The use of a breast pump may restrain the production of milk, cutting down the amount available to the baby, this enables the false idea that the infant should be switched over to the formula milk in order for him to be satisfied.
Home remedies can be the best option for both these general problems.
Home Remedies for Breast Feeding
- Eat alfalfa or consume it in the form of capsules, it triggers lactation, enhances quality and quantity of milk.
- Chaste tree stimulates flow of milk, by causing pituitary prolactin secretion.
- Codonopsis is an herb, used by Chinese, elevate lactation and consolidate blood.
- Goat's rue is a type of herb that has been used by midwives for centuries to enhance breast milk production by almost 50%.
- Vervain stimulates milk production and flow. It also enhances absorption of nutrients from food and assists with postpartum depression.
- Medical studies have declared bovine colostrum to be similar to human colostrum in configuration. Colostrum is the milk produced for a few days immediately after birth. It is rich in protein and immune body components. Colostrum is said to trigger general growth, regeneration and fast repair of injured or aged muscle, collagen, skin, cartilage and nerve cells. Colostrum helps building lean muscles and the body to burn calories. Research has declared that colostrum has strong natural immune and growth components. Colostrum helps combat disease-developing organisms i.e. bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeasts. Research says that bovine colostrum is easily accumulated by humans and is almost 40 times better in immune components than human colostrum. It is very important that the fine quality Bovine Colostrum is taken.
- Several herbs found in herbal teas are healthy for breastfeeding mothers and some firms that manufacture herbal preparations, like Celestial Seasonings, label their products appropriately for the consumers should be aware of the product they are purchasing. The accurate labeling of component and ingredients in herbal products will also enable the poison control centers to have an idea what should be the right treatment in the case of overdose. So, reliable brands of herbal tea should be safe, as long as the components added are fine for breastfeeding mothers to ingest.
- Breastfeeding mothers must be restricted to herbal teas that are less in pharmacologic preparations. Lemon lift, orange cinnamon, and raspberry teas are ideal choices. Another fine choices are teas made from rose hips (the berry-like preparation left after the rose pedals drop away), which carries a lot of Vitamin C.
What Not to Do or Take
Some herbs that are found in teas must be avoided.
- There is a local plant in Mexico, for instance, that has a vanilla-like flavor and the roots of this plant are sold as imitation vanilla. Small quantity of this plant, if used in cooking can be harmless, but drinking great amounts of tea with this component may lead to severe bleeding over time, due to native anticoagulant in this plant.
- One other teas native to the Southwest carries compounds called pyrrolizide alkaloids believed to cause obstructions of the veins, particularly the liver, and eventually liver failure. A cup of tea now and again is relatively safe, but drinking many cups on a regular basis may result in serious cardiovascular and liver disorder.
- Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), an herb administered to heal wounds opically or to heal ulcers is rich in alkaloid substances linked with occlusion of the veins. Comfrey is mostly confused with the plants foxglove and nightshade by novice herbalists, and it has been restricted in Canada to use due to its dangerous side effects.
Recommendations for Breastfeeding
- Ward off those herbal teas containing pharmacological ingredients. Drink any herbal teas but just in moderation.
- Restrict consumption of any herbal preparation that is the fusion of many active ingredients.
- Always read the label. Any vitamin can be consists of herbs that should not be consumed by breastfeeding mothers, like ginseng or ginkgo.
- Use only eminent brands that have components and concentrations clearly specified on the label, along with the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
- Be sure to confirm with your physician prior to taking any natural remedy, as it could interact with other drugs you take or require.