Despite so many advantages, the incidence of breast-feeding is declining and the use of commercial formulas increasing. Why?
1. Figure consciousness: In this modern age, the media hype and western norms have created a feeling of insecurity about a person’s physical characteristics in the minds of both men and women. Breast-feeding being touted as the cause for breast sagging, women may prefer bottle feeding rather than running the risk of their figure being spoiled.
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1. Nature’s gift: Breast milk is the nature’s way of nourishing a child and what is natural cannot be wrong. Infant formulas have come into vogue recently, while breast milk exists from the very beginning of human race. When there were no infant formulas, all mothers used to breast-feed without giving it a second thought, but now with the presence of milk tins, the mother’s motivation to breast feed has decreased.
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1. Milk is not enough? Read our article on breast feeding for guidance.
2. Sore or cracked nipples: It is usually due to a faulty technique where the gums of the baby apply undue traction on the nipples. The technique of feeding has to be modified. For cracked nipples, it is best to apply some milk over it and leave it open to air. Lanolin ointment can also be applied locally. But keep away from soap, boric acid and powders. The feeding should continue (for Charter periods and starting on the less sore side). If the problem is severe and causing excessive pain to the mother during suckling, then breast pumps should be used to empty the breast. If the breast is not emptied, not only will it lead to a decrease in the milk supply but will also lead to “breast engorgement”.
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Some useful advice and facts regarding breast-feeds are given below.
1. Express some milk from the breast before feeding. It makes the areolar area soft and compressible for the baby.
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1. Putting an older infant (>5-6 months) to sleep with a bottle in his mouth is discouraged because it may lead to dental caries, as well as the potential for future sleep problems, because the child associates sleep with having the bottle in his mouth. Most parents can wean the child from a bottle to a cup at the age of 9-12 months of age.
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It is the process by which the child is shifted from an exclusively milk diet to other foods. It is started at the age of 4 months when liquids other than milk (e.g. juices, soups) and semi-solid foods (e.g. dal, rice) are introduced in the baby’s diet. Of course he still consumes milk, but as he starts consuming more and more of other foods, his milk consumption gradually decreases.
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Both (a slight built and a heavy built) are two ends of the spectrum of growth and development. Both ends are normal as long as they remain within the spectrum i.e. the weight is in a range, which is normal for that age. For example a child of 1 year is normal if he weighs 8-12 Kgs. Let us consider adults. Some adults may weigh 50 kilos; others may weigh 70 kilos. Some may be of slender constitution; others may have a heavy constitution. Some put on fat easily and so have a tendency towards obesity.
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i. Introduce solids when your baby is most alert and happy.
ii. Be cheerful and relaxed. If your anxiety is obvious, your baby might refuse the new food.
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❖ Amongst all vaccines, BCG is the least efficacious. It does, however, protect against the severity of the disease. The formation of the BCG scar may take 8-12 weeks.
❖ Polio: More doses than recommended can be safely given. Therefore, children can receive polio doses as a part of Pulse Polio immunisation, even if recently vaccinated.
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1. Child is thin
Check whether the child’s weight is really below the expected for his age (e.g. is a 1-year-old child weighing only 6 kilos?). Don’t be carried away by your subjective impressions or what others say. Don’t compare your child with other children’s built and weight. Parents, who harbour anxiety regarding the thinness of their child, invariably find some child amongst relatives or in the neighbourhood who is stouter than their child. Every child including yours is unique and comparisons are superfluous.
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