by Premier Hospitals | August 6, 2021 |Is there a right time to start nursing my baby?Â What is the importance and benefit of breastfeeding? What's the healthiest way to feed your baby? Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding? Your breasts will lose their shape if you breastfeed your baby! Is it good or bad to breastfeed when the mother is sick? Your mind must be swimming in questions at the moment. Nowadays, breastfeeding has become a tough task because of a rising misperception. On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1st to 7th of August) which is organised in more than 120 countries and at Premier Hospitals, we want you to educate about the importance of breastfeeding, as well as dispel some myths about breastfeeding (nursing). Is there a right time to start nursing my baby? Mothers should nurse their babies as soon as possible after the baby is born. Your baby should be breastfed within the first hour of his or her birth. Unfortunately, in India, only 41.6% of newborn babies are actually being breastfed within an hour of birth. It must be at least 75%, according to experts.Â Why is breastfeeding so important in the first hour after birth?Â Baby's first hour of breastfeeding after birth is very important for them because it provides them with colostrum(a milky fluid), also called First Milk, which is a concentrated form of antibodies that boost their immunity very naturally. What's the best way to feed your baby? Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding?Â Breast milk is full of all the nutrients that your child needs, including proteins, vitamins, iron, carbohydrates, minerals, and water, unlike Bottled Milk. There is no other food as healthy as mothers' milk.Â Feeding children with bottled milk with infant formula is an ongoing trend but actually, it harms your babyâs health. It is difficult for your baby to digest and absorb the nutrients contained in baby food. Breastfeeding - Both mother & baby can benefit from breastfeeding The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are unique. Your newborn baby can easily digest breast milk. It helps to gain a healthy weight and also prevents many diseases. In addition to improving your child's mental development, it can nearly prevent one million deaths of children below five years worldwide every year. Women who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Furthermore, it prevents the development of osteoporosis. Postpartum depression is also reduced. It has many other long term benefits such as lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, diabetes, and less prone to high BP. Here are some myths about breastfeeding MYTH - Your breasts will lose their shape if you breastfeed your baby! FACT: Breastfeeding has no effect on breast size or shape. A woman's breast size is significantly altered by factors such as gravity, age, weight gain than nursing.Â Of course, breast size might vary at the time of breastfeeding because the breasts are full of milk. In most cases, a woman's breasts will return to their original size and shape after she stops nursing or with regular breastfeeding. MYTH - Breastfeeding is the same as bottle-feeding! FACT: This is the greatest myth about breastfeeding. Bottle feeding is not the same as breastfeeding. Your baby will benefit greatly from breast milk since it closes the normal openings quickly, such as the underdeveloped parts of the body. Digesting breast milk is easy for your baby. It also provides your baby with "first immunisations" to prevent sickness. Your baby is protected from the following diseases if you breastfeed them.