10 August, 2021

Importance of Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the best and most complete source of nutrition for all babies till 6 months of age. It has the perfect combination of nutrients such as whey proteins, carbohydrates and fats in an easily digestible form. Breast milk’s composition can vary according to the baby’s requirement particularly in the first few days of life. Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight infections and build up immunity. Exclusively breastfed babies have less chances of getting ear infections, pneumonias, diarrhoea and in general have much better immunity than babies on formula feeds. Breast fed babies also have lower risk of allergies like asthma, eczema and atopic dermatitis. Breastfed babies tend to have fewer hospital visits and less problems of colic and indigestion.

Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the optimal amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight or obese. Breastfeeding also plays an important role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It’s been thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well, but more research is needed.

Breastfeeding has various benefits for the mother. It helps to loose pregnancy weight faster, helps in reducing post-partum blood losses, and lowers the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

Despite the fact that breast feeding is natural and instinctive, many mothers face problems in breastfeeding as their traditional source of learning was lost with extended families being replaced by nuclear families. There is a general perception among many mothers that their milk is insufficient for the baby. Crying of the baby for any reason is taken as a sign of hunger and mothers tend to start formula feeds for falsely perceived milk inadequacy. Breastfeeding definitely requires patience and efforts in the first few days which is the time most mothers give up. As per the government figures, only 55% mothers tend to exclusively breast feed their infants for the first 6 months of life.

As formula fed babies tend to gain weight more rapidly, breastfeeding mothers start comparing their baby’s weight to them. Some mothers then feel pressurized to start their baby also on formula feeds presuming their baby is not getting enough nutrition.

The solutions to promote and protect breast feeding require team approach – an early start is always good. Pregnant ladies should be repeatedly counselled and made aware regarding breastfeeding. They should be examined for flat or inverted nipples during pregnancy as they may cause difficulty in breastfeeding. If these issues are addressed before the baby’s delivery mothers will be more confident and positive about breastfeeding. The nurses and doctors should educate the mother and address their concerns periodically. Formula feeds or any sort of additional feeds like water, honey, ghutti should be strongly discouraged. Pacifiers and artificial teats must not be introduced especially in the first few days after birth. Mothers should receive a healthy balanced diet and unnecessary dietary restrictions based on local customs should be stopped. The family should provide constant support and encouragement to the breastfeeding mother. It should be ensured that all mothers get 6 months of paid maternity leave. With all these measures, one can ensure higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months.

We at KIMS cuddles, a baby friendly hospital strongly believe in the cause of breastfeeding for every newborn. We practice early skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding for every newborn. With a dedicated team of lactation trained nurses and support staff, we achieve 80-90% exclusive breastfeeding at the end of 4-6 months from birth among our mothers. 


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02 February, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Taking Care of Toddlers in the Winter

With the cold weather already here, you may be thinking about whether it’s safe for your toddler to play outside or not. However, no matter if the temperatures outside are decreasing, toddlers during the winter require physical activities because they are great stress relievers for them when they are cooped up inside their house for so many hours. Thus, it is safe for a toddler to play outside during the cold weather. The American Council of Exercise even recommends that the children should receive approximately 60 minutes of physical activity each day. So you may allow your toddler for outdoor play in different intervals by providing them breaks after 10 to 20 minutes.  Here are several other tips that will facilitate outdoor play for your toddlers while keeping them safe. Dressing Them Properly During Cold Weather Toddlers during the winter should be sent outside to play only after dressing them in layers.  The layered dressing will help to keep the body warm of your toddler with scarves, boots, hats, earmuffs, socks or mittens. Additionally, the layers will not only protect your child while they’re playing outside but will also help to retain their body heat through the air pockets present in the different clothes. Though your child may become sweaty through outdoor play, you can always take off one layer. It is even recommended to dress your child in an extra layer as compared to an average adult.
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29 January, 2022

Common Diseases and Issues: Caring For a Baby And How To Prevent Them.

Caring for a baby is very crucial because during the initial first year the baby’s immune system is quite weak. Due to this, there are amplified chances for him or her to develop several common diseases in babies or sickness in infant. But with the right care, you can treat common diseases in babies easily. However, new parents and caregivers may have several questions related to their infants’ healthcare. So this guide will help you to know how to care for your baby and prevent the common diseases in babies and sickness in infant. Now let’s have a look at the common diseases in babies worth one year or less and how to care for them, or how to prevent them earlier only.  Bowel movements Keeping track of the bowel movement of your infant is crucial because this can help you to know if your infant is likely to develop any disease. So the different factors you need to consider regarding the bowel movement of your baby are as follows. Consistency. Initially, the consistency of your kid’s stool will range from loose, runny or soft. However, infant or formula-fed may have stools with a tan yellow shade and firmer as compared to the infants who are breastfed. All you need to consider while checking the consistency of your infants’ stool is that it should not be hard or very
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24 January, 2022

Baby’s First Year – Feeding Schedule and Nutrition Tips

You’ve happily clicked a snap of your little munchkin eating messily! That’s great, but now are you worried about how to provide the best nutrition to your baby in the first year? Fret not, here’s a guide on the feeding schedule for baby in the first year. Keeping in mind the fact that different infants require a different amount of nutrition, the nutrition you provide to your infant depends on his or her age, appetite, and body weight. So let’s have a glance at the healthy food for baby according to their age in the first year of birth. Newborns. As you must know, infants should receive the nutrition and calories only through breast milk or formula.  So let’s know the feeding schedule for baby with both these items. Breast milk According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, an infant should drink one to two ounces of breast milk per feeding. However, once your baby is at least two weeks old, the amount of this quantity will amplify to two to three ounces.  Generally, you need to feed breast milk to your newborn every two to three hours ass it proves to be a healthy food for baby. Formula. If you’re opting to include a formula in the feeding
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