Is maternal obesity a cause of poor lactation?

Mother’s milk is essential to ensure the optimum growth and development of infants. But do you know that there are several factors that affect the lactation of new moms? Read on to know the link and risks.

We have been hearing a lot that obesity during pregnancy increases the chance of various complications at the time of delivery. But now there is another reason to avoid obesity. Researchers have found that obesity leads to late breast milk production in new moms. 

Research shows that mothers who are obese (with a BMI >30) are less likely to initiate lactation, have delayed lactogenesis II, and are prone to early cessation of breastfeeding. Women who are overweight and obese have lowered prolactin responses to suckling. Women who are obese are at risk for prolonged labor, excessive labor stress, and cesarean birth, all of which delayed lactogenesis II.

Breastfeeding is an investment in health and not a lifestyle decision

Adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood is essential to ensure the growth and development of children to their full potential. It has been recognized worldwide that breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother and child, as breast milk is considered the best source of nutrition for an infant. Economic and social benefits are also provided to the family, the health care system, and the employer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months, followed by breastfeeding along with complementary foods for up to two years of age or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding can be defined as a practice whereby the infants receive only breast milk without mixing it with water, other liquids, tea, herbal preparations, or food in the first six months of life, with the exception of vitamins, mineral supplements, or medicines.

Benefit for mothers

Breastfeeding can help lower a mother’s risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. 

Benefit for infants

Breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for infants. As the mother’s milk contains some Ig, it helps protect the baby against various infections. Infants who are breastfed have reduced risks of Asthma, Obesity, Type 1 diabetes, Lower respiratory disease, Acute otitis media, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and Gastrointestinal infections.

Lactation has a significant role in preventing future obesity in the mother and child.

Tags : #Health #MaternalObesity #Lactation #Breastfeeding #Newmom #Parenting #Pregnancy #Mothersmilk #Breastmilk #Medicircle #smitakumar

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...

-Advertisements-




Trending Now

Is Your Doctor’s Prescription Incomplete ? Insights from Recent ICMR Study Suggests So!April 13, 2024
Ministry of Health Dispels Misinformation on Medicine Price Surge from April 1April 13, 2024
India’s First Indigenous CAR T-Cell Therapy Launched By President Droupadi Murmu: A New Hope in Cancer TreatmentApril 12, 2024
Investigation Launched After Cataract Surgery Patients Experience Side-Effects in IndoreApril 12, 2024
The Reality of Protein Supplements in India: Mislabeling, Toxins, and Quality ChallengesApril 12, 2024
A Majority Of People Are Piling Up Weight Despite Adhering To A Healthy Lifestyle, Opt For These Vital Tests: ExpertsApril 11, 2024
Fighting Tuberculosis: IHLD and Krafton India Join Forces for Active Case DetectionApril 11, 2024
ICMR Study Reveals Blood Pressure Monitoring Gaps in IndiaApril 11, 2024
Innovative Procedure at KGMU Saves Man Impaled by Iron Rod: Beating Heart Surgery SuccessApril 11, 2024
Heart-Healthy Choices: How Salt Substitutes Can Prolong Your LifeApril 11, 2024
Unveiling Cancer Patterns in Families of Men with Fertility ChallengesApril 11, 2024
10 secrets of Successful Healthcare Branding and advertising campaignsApril 10, 2024
Global Hepatitis Crisis: India Ranks Second in Cases – WHO Report 2024April 10, 2024
Accelerated Ageing and Cancer Risk: New Perspectives from AACR 2024April 10, 2024
Man Hospitalized with Rare Bacterial Infection After Rat Bite: What You Need to KnowApril 10, 2024
Enhanced rock weathering results in higher crop yields and improved crop healthApril 09, 2024
Unlocking Health and Wealth - The Intersection of Digital Innovation in Healthcare and Finance for a Resilient IndiaApril 09, 2024
University of Exeter announces scholarships valued at over £10,000 for Indian StudentsApril 09, 2024
Thai Lion Air Extends Ground Handling Partnership with Çelebi India for Handling Cochin OperationsApril 09, 2024
Inclusion Carnival Illuminates Abilities and Awareness: A Vibrant Celebration of DiversityApril 08, 2024