Many mommies chose breastfeeding for their babies. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for both of mothers and babies. According to the research studying, breast milk contains protein, lactose, DHA, and multiple vitamins, which help the development of newborn baby. It’s the most suitable food for babies.
Breastfeeding not only can help the development of oral cavity, facial muscles, stimulate language development, reduce the probability of tooth decay, oral deformation and malocclusion but also will help contraction which assists mothers stay in shape and lower the possibility of suffer from breast cancer before menopause. Therefore, WHO, AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) all suggest that it’s necessary to give breastfeeding for newborn babies within 6 months after birth.
Breastfeeding rate in Taiwan is proximately 50%. There are about 2% to 10% of mothers suffer from mastitis, blacked ducts and other problems which make mothers to reduce or even stop breastfeeding. There are also some parts of mommies couldn’t produce enough breast milk for their babies. The quantity of breast milk depends on each mother’s physique, nutrition intake, sleeping, mood and glands are smooth or not. It’s necessary for mothers to intake sufficiently nutrition to heal the wound and to produce breast milk. All lactating mothers need to intake 500 more calories a day and eat light and frequent meals, supplement better source of protein, such as fish, lean meat, and diary product. Moreover, it’s important to supplement vitamins, minerals, water and avoid alcohol, manufactured, irritating food and foods that contain caffeine.
There are some foods that increase production of breast milk, such as trotters, peanuts, striped bass, chicken, tofu, orange daylily, black sesame, kelp, red bean, loofah and etc. Lactating mothers may intake these foods to help breastfeeding.