Bottle-feeding beyond 16 months poses serious health risks

If your baby is more than 16 months old and you are still using a nursing bottle for feeding milk and other beverages, then this should serve as a wake-up call! The same mother will then complain that my toddler does not eat solids well and is a fussy eater. Well, the fact of the matter is that if you haven’t still moved forward from baby bottles to cups then how will the baby understand that she/he has to graduate from liquids to solids?

Even if your pediatrician did allow you to resort to bottles for some very critical medical reason from 6 month onwards, at least do not continue the malpractice once your infant has turned into a toddler. The harmful effects of bottle feeding go beyond just tooth decay and ear infections, it increases risk of growing into obese adult with poor sense of appetite regulation. Continue reading “Bottle-feeding beyond 16 months poses serious health risks”

Modifying lifestyle at menopause

lifestyle changes at menopause

Menopause is basically the cessation of menstruation characterised by a drop in the levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone, typically occurring at the age of 45-55 years. Estrogen is mainly a female sex hormone associated with normal menstruation and more importantly with maintenance of skin tension, stabilizing the bones, preventing bone loss, increasing good (HDL) cholesterol, decreasing bad (LDL) cholesterol levels in blood, and protecting against heart problems. Lowering of the normal estrogen levels is responsible for the noticeable increase in waist circumference among postmenopausal women. Basically, all the protective functions of estrogens are lost once women enter into menopause which requires women to take greater care of their diet and lifestyle. Continue reading “Modifying lifestyle at menopause”

3 foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding

foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding

The health of an infant is dependent to a large extent upon the nutrition it derives thru breastfeeding. Hence, the food a mother consumes has a great impact on the nutrition that the baby derives. While there are certain food that aids breastfeeding, there are certain foods and drinks deserve caution while you’re breast-feeding.

Here are some of the food a breastfeeding mother needs to avoid: Continue reading “3 foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding”

Must have food for nursing mothers

Must have food for nursing mothers

Maternal milk is the best known optimal and complete food for all babies. Breast-feeding is associated with better nutritional and non-nutritional outcomes compared with formula feeding even in case of preterm birth. Galactogogues are the substances that are known to promote lactation. Here are some foods that can help nursing mothers and in turn, baby’s health.
Foods known to help increase breastmilk Continue reading “Must have food for nursing mothers”