Mothering is hard work. No matter how prepared women are during the pregnancy, once the baby is born issues lurk in. So, how can new moms care for not only the health of her baby but of hers as well?
By Gowri Kulkarni
It is common for all women to go through phase after childbirth where they experience feelings of stress and apprehension, but in a few days, they'll overcome these factors and get accustomed to these changes. Moreover, mothers have the innate qualities to adjust accordingly.
Nowadays, information on caring for oneself and the baby can be found from various sources. If your family is not around you could consult a doctor in case of any doubts. Also, there are great health blogs available online that can help new mothers to cope with these changes and adjust accordingly.
The new mother should keep in mind that they should initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth. This ensures that the infant receives the “colostrum”, the first milk which is rich in protective factors. Breastfeeding boosts immunity in infants and helps in safeguarding them from illnesses. It also helps to create a close bond between the mother and the child, also known as maternal bonding.
First and foremost, a lactating mother should have food, which is rich in protein, calcium, iron and multivitamins. Some factors related to diet during this phase include.
A new mother should ensure she is properly hydrated always. One should drink enough water to quench thirst plus a bit more since thirst is not a completely reliable indicator of fluid needs. Milk-making hormones help the body conserve water. However, failure to drink enough water will not affect the fluid content of the volume of your milk. But, not getting enough fluids can contribute to maternal constipation, fatigue, and impaired concentration.
Watching your infant grow is a wonderful experience. However, you need to be aware of certain developmental milestone that he or she will go through. Know more by flipping through the pages of this ClipBook.
To begin, you should keep a watch on feeding times. You can try to feed your baby small quantities at frequent intervals, 8-12 times a day. Ask for help if you need and it is important that both parents should be involved in the care of the baby.
0-2 month: 12-18hrs
1-3 years: 12-14hrs
Lactating mother should sleep 7-9 hrs a day
● Crying- Hunger cry is usually short , low-pitched and rises and falls
● Waking up and acting restless
● Sucking on his fist, smacking his lips
● Closing up lips
● Turning his head away
● Breathing fast
Type of clothes to wear for mom and child:
● Choose proper fabrics
● Avoid tight elastics
● Make sure clothes are well seamed
● Avoid clothes that can scratch the baby's skin
● Avoid choking hazards
● Mothers can wear clothes which is helpful for easy nursing. Like nursing bras, nursing night suits etc.
Home remedies could be safe, sometimes even if they don't have a negative effect they won't have a positive effect too. So, if you're in pain or sick the best thing to do is to consult your doctor. If you can't make it to the hospital, you can even consult a doctor on your phone with the help of portals like DocsApp.
It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Dr. Gowri is Head of Operations at DocsApp.
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