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Breastfeeding provides exceptional infant nutrition with a balanced immune system: Expert

Breastfeeding is not only a natural process but also one of the most vital actions a mother can take for her baby's health and well-being, as it provides exceptional infant nutrition with a balanced immune system, says Dr Nitu Mundhra.

Doctors say that breastfeeding provides unparalleled nutrition for infants, offering a perfect balance of nutrients and antibodies that can't be replicated by any formula.

Speaking during World Breastfeeding Week in Mumbai, Dr Nitu Mundhra, Consultant Neonatologist, Paediatrician, and Lactation Expert at Wockhardt Hospitals, said that breast milk contains essential vitamins and minerals that support an infant's growth and development, as well as enzymes that aid indigestion. It has numerous health benefits for both the baby and the mother."

She pointed out that research shows that breastfed babies have a reduced risk of developing various illnesses, such as allergies, asthma, obesity, and certain infections. For mothers, breastfeeding can help prevent postpartum haemorrhage and lower the risk of breast cancer later in life.

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She added that, additionally, breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and child. The act of nursing creates a special intimate connection where both can experience closeness and comfort. It is the need of the hour to breastfeed the baby immediately after he or she is born.

Dr. Mundhra added, "World Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity to focus on this vital subject. Nurses are in charge of the baby’s health immediately after he or she is born. In view of it, the hospital conducted a lactation CME for 100+ nurses to discuss the basics of lactation, breastfeeding benefits and problems, techniques, positions, low milk supply, counselling, and a hands-on workshop on colostrum expression."

"Around 30 women who delivered in the hospital participated in the celebrations in activities such as quizzes, posters, and certificate distribution."

"They came together and shared their unique pregnancy journeys. Those breastfeeding women who are working were told about how to strike a balance between professional and personal life and have a pleasant breastfeeding experience," she added.

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