Some simple Ayurvedic steps for making breastfeeding an easy practice
According to Ayurveda, the most vital aspect for a newborn child is breastmilk. Breastfeeding not only helps boost a baby's immune system but also has an excellent impact on the mother's health. That's because it reduces the risk of allergies, diseases, and various other infections. In this article, Dr. Smita Naram, Co-Founder of Ayushakti, takes us through the important aspects of this practice.
Breast milk provides the right amount of nutrients for newborn
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding breastfeeding. And, it is important to understand that breastmilk provides the right source of nutrients for babies like calcium, vitamins, protein, and fat. Breastfeeding is not just beneficial for the newborn, but it is good for the mother as well, as it helps them drop the post-pregnancy weight and protects them from various health issues.
Having certain foods will help in easier lactation
Following a healthy post-delivery diet is important to ensure an increase in breastmilk and also for the mother's healthy recovery. New mothers should have an ample intake of green leafy vegetables, moong beans, bajra, and almonds throughout their daily diet. While cravings are bound to happen, it is best to avoid caffeine, spicy, fermented, and sour food, while the child is being breastfed.
These spices and lentils should be consumed everyday
Indian cuisines are a treasure trove of spices and according to Ayurveda, consuming certain spices and herbs are extremely beneficial to the new mother. Make herbs like Shatavari, fennel seeds, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon a part of your regular diet. Having a bowl of lentils (dal) with every meal is an effective way to increase breastmilk supply and to avoid soreness as well.
This delicious 'laddu' is beneficial for the mother's overall health
Make laddus by mixing one tablespoon of fenugreek powder, half cup of ginger powder, a quarter cup of Dill seeds, half a cup of jaggery, a quarter cup of ghee, and one tablespoon of fennel seeds. It aids in the healthy recovery of the mother's muscle and overall health. Have one small laddu on an empty stomach in the morning to reap maximum benefits.