Breastfeeding isn’t just about providing nourishment; it’s a beautiful bonding experience between a mother and her newborn. In the realm of Ayurveda, breastfeeding holds immense significance, offering holistic benefits that extend beyond mere sustenance. Let’s explore the wisdom of Ayurveda regarding breastfeeding and its profound impact on both the mother and child.
According to Ayurveda, breast milk is considered ‘Amrit’—nectar that bestows life and vitality upon the infant. It’s the perfect food for babies, tailored to their individual needs, providing immunity, optimal nutrition, and fostering a strong bond between mother and child. An immense amount of significance is placed on timing (sanchaya) in breastfeeding. It recommends feeding the baby promptly when hunger cues are observed, as it aligns with the natural rhythm of the body, aiding in proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
A mother’s diet, lifestyle, and mental state can influence the doshas in her milk. Maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and practicing stress-relieving techniques can positively impact the quality of breast milk. Also, breastfeeding aids in postpartum recovery for mothers. It helps the uterus contract, reducing bleeding, and assists in returning to pre-pregnancy size; it supports hormonal balance and facilitates weight loss post-delivery.
So how do you set yourself up for success when breastfeeding? Here are some tips:
• Optimal Nutrition: Consume nourishing, easily digestible foods (such as warm soups, whole grains, and ghee) to enhance breast milk quality.
• Herbal Support: Incorporate lactation-supportive herbs like fenugreek, shatavari, and fennel seeds into your diet, known for boosting milk supply.
• Emotional Well-being: Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation or gentle yoga, to reduce stress and promote a calm, nurturing environment for breastfeeding.
• Proper Hydration: Stay hydrated with warm fluids like herbal teas and water to support milk production and maintain hydration levels.
It would be amiss to say that breastfeeding is easy or doesn’t come with its challenges and time commitment. I read somewhere that a year of breastfeeding equates to about 1900 hours! That is a fulltime job. When you run into challenges like engorgement, low milk supply, and sore nipples, herbal compresses, warm oil massages, and specific dietary adjustments can alleviate these challenges effectively. You know your body best and it is important to know where and when you need to draw the line.
Breastfeeding is a sacred journey embedded with love, nourishment, and healing. At MarigoldBub, we celebrate the profound wisdom of Ayurveda, supporting new mothers on their breastfeeding journey. Embrace this beautiful phase with care, love, and the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda.
Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Consult a healthcare provider for personalized guidance.