Newborn Scoring

Newborn Scoring

 

As soon as the baby arrives, we start looking for signs of well being. Although mostly the baby’s cry indicates everything is normal, a quick assessment is done using the Apgar score which is sometimes also called the newborn scoring.

Apgar score

Apgar is a quick test performed on a baby at 1 and 5 minutes after birth. The 1-minute score determines how well the baby tolerated the birthing process. The 5-minute score tells the doctor how well the baby is doing outside the mother’s womb.

 

In rare cases, the test will be done 10 minutes after birth.Read More »

Mother’s milk versus cow’s milk – Which provides better nutrition to the infant?

mothers milk versus cow milk
Breast milk can take care of all the nutritional and fluid requirements of the infant from birth to 6 months. It can satisfy half or more of a child’s energy needs between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and one-third of energy needs between 12 and 24 months. Breast milk is also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness.

One often does a comparison between mother’s milk & cow milk. Here is a snapshot of what are the major differences between mother’s milk & cow’s milkRead More »

9 shocking diseases that formula fed babies are prone to compared to breastfed infants

diseases infants are prone to

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for for an infant, especially in the first few months of its life. Yet, many people tend to compare “formula milk” with breast milk. Formula milk not only fails to match the nutrition that breast milk can provide, but also makes the infant prone to health issues.

Here are 9 shocking diseases that formula fed babies are prone to compared to breastfed infants

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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:Read More »

Importance of breastfeeding

Importance of breastfeeding

Breast milk which constitutes the very first food for the infant has innumerable benefits and it is unjustified to deprive the newborn of these. Optimal and correct nutrition in first two years of life are important in lowering morbidity and mortality in the long-term.  

“World Breastfeeding week” (August 1st to 7th) was started by UNICEF in 1991 to take specific actions to raise public awareness about breastfeeding. But, even after 22 years of relentless efforts, we still see ignorance and reluctance on part of mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding.

Infants in developing countries often suffer from infections (ear, throat, stomach) due to lack of proper knowledge about correct time of initiation and duration of breastfeeding. In developed countries, decreasing breastfeeding practices result in increased food allergies such as lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity, peanut allergies, etc. Breast cancer incidence is also increasing rapidly and one of the ways to prevent it is through breastfeeding.Read More »

Ensuring right health for the infant – Tips for breastfeeding mothers

Tips for breastfeeding mothers

In our previous blog post we had a look at some food that can help to increase the supply of breast milk while feeding the child. Here, we’ll look at some tips on how they can increase the supply of breast milk & in turn have a positive impact on the infant’s health.

In addition to eating the right food, the mother must ensure following things.:Read More »

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 breastmilkRead More »