Did you know that breastfeeding is not only a source of nourishment but also a natural calorie-burning activity? Moms can burn between 500-600 calories a day simply by breastfeeding. This means that some mothers may find themselves shedding those post-pregnancy pounds without the need for additional exercise. It’s a beautiful way for moms to support their own well-being while nourishing their little ones.
Lactational mastitis, or puerperal mastitis, is breast tissue inflammation occurring in breastfeeding women that may be associated with infection. Usually caused by milk stagnation leading to milk duct blockage and commonly occurs during the first three months of breastfeeding. Studies suggest that 3-20% of breastfeeding mothers develop mastitis. Inadequate treatment can result in breast abscess formation. An estimated 0.4-11% of all lactating women develop a breast abscess. Treatment delays cause premature breastfeeding cessation and can be devasting for the mother and the infant.
A common debate among mothers is whether to breastfeed or give formula milk to their precious babies. Human milk is the optimal feeding for all infants because of its health benefits to infants and their mothers. Breastfeeding is recommended for approximately the first six months and to continue, along with the introduction of solid foods, for at least one year after birth, as long as the mother and infant mutually desire it. The World Health Organization advises breastfeeding at least until the child is two. This might seem like a never-ending task to you, Mama, but in the long run, it’s the best health investment for our children.
Human breast milk is a highly complex fluid that has evolved to nourish and provide protection to infants. During the baby’s initial months, the main source of energy and nutrition is breast milk.