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Lactation, or breastfeeding, is not only a natural, healthy way to provide the perfect mix of nutrients, hormones and proteins for your newborn, but it also creates an invaluable opportunity for mother and child to bond and develop emotional intimacy. Here are the basics...
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So you've decided to breastfeed your baby! You'll want to make sure that both you and your little one are getting all of the nutrients you need to stay healthy and strong. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nursing mothers need to eat about 300 calories more each day than they normally would and at least 1500 calories every day.
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The quality of human breast milk is influenced by the mother's health and diet. It is important that the mother takes a diet rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). If not, the breast milk produced will not contain enough MCFAs. As a result, the baby may be mal-nourished and become vulnerable to infectious disease.
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Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), which has the additional beneficial function of being transformed into a substance called "monolaurin" in the human body. Monolaurin is an antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal substance used by the human body to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. This is why lauric acid is the fundamental building block of our bodies immune system and the most effective anti-pathogenic of all MCFAs.
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Baby formula was originally intended to be a milk substitute for women who couldn't breastfeed. Today, it is peddled as the next best thing to mother's milk, suggesting that it is just as healthful as breast milk, Health care providers often promote bottle feeding by giving free samples of formula to new mothers. Yet, no man made concoction can duplicate the properties of breast milk, no matter how many supplements are added to it. Breastfeeding offers many benefits that formula cannot deliver.
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It is very important for a breastfeeding mother to have a healthy and balanced diet. A variety of foods are required during this period including getting lots of vegetables and fruits - try and have an intake of 5 portions a day of fruit and vegetables.
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In spite of public awareness campaigns around breastfeeding, many myths and malpractices still abound - some women may even decide not to breastfeed or would stop prematurely because of it.
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During the first days following the birth of your baby, your breasts begin producing colostrum, although your body began making it long before that - between three and four months of pregnancy. Colostrum doesn't have many calories, but it has the right amount of protein and other nutrients your baby needs in the first few days after birth.
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Breastfeeding is without any doubt the most excellent means to nourish your newly born baby. It has got a lot of benefits as compared to feeding with a bottle and barely any drawbacks. Arm yourself with knowledge and then make a decision. Only you can decide if breastfeeding is right for you family.
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Fenugreek is a medicinal and therapeutic herb whose use dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. The uses of the fenugreek seed were actually very diverse, but primarily this natural seed was used for an array of "female problems", including the stimulation of milk production in mothers who were having diffiulty producing enough breast milk to feed their infants.
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