Mother's can Eat
Mothers should keep a healthy diet during breastfeeding period. They should eat foods in moderation. There are no restrictions. It is recommended that mothers take 150 micrograms of iodine supplement daily to help the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system.
Medications during breastfeeding
Any medicines taken by a breastfeeding mother pass into breast milk. Hence it is important that mothers take proper information and approval by a doctor before taking any medicine during this period. Mothers should always tell the doctor or pharmacist that they are breastfeeding before taking prescription medicines. Complementary and alternative medicines are unregulated and not well researched, therefore not recommended for breastfeeding mothers.
Shifting to bottle milk
The most common reason for a mother to shift to bottle-feeding her baby is that she is concerned that the baby is not getting enough breast milk. Mothers can be reassured that breast milk is capable of meeting all the health needs of a baby.
The mother should know and ensure that:
Her baby must have at least six breastfeeds in 24 hours (this can be even up to 12 feeds).
The baby has a settled period between feeds.
The baby has six to eight wet nappies in 24 hours.
The baby's bowel motion (poo) is black for the first few days, then changes to a soft yellow color. Babies may poo many times in a day or not at all for a couple of days.
The baby starts to regain weight by day 4 – 6 as they lose weight shortly after birth.
The baby regains birth weight fully by two weeks of age.
Mothers should seek medical advice throughout the baby’s initial growth period.
Working mothers and breastfeeding
Mothers who continue to breastfeed their babies after returning to work experience many benefits including:
Less time off work to care for a sick child
Decreased cost compared to formula feeding
Working mothers must:
Discuss with employer before returning to work about breastfeeding babies and, if needed, adjusting office timings.
Decide whether the baby should be fed on bottle milk or spoon fed in the absence of the mother and practise giving the baby a feed this way a few times in the week before going back to work.
If possible, try to shift to a career or live closer to the work place, which enables the mother breastfeed her baby in break times.
Breastfeeding mothers who return to work need the support of their families, employers and colleagues.
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