Doctors Say Instant Formula Foods Do More Harm Than Good

While earlier generations were fed only on mother’s milk, several alternatives have taken over the market these days. For various reasons, parents feed their babies with formula foods available in the market instead of breast milk. Emphasizing on the importance of breast milk during the ongoing World Breastfeeding Week, doctors say it is a retrograde sign, and our society should not encourage it in any way.

“A newborn baby can be equated to the most delicate thing on earth, and this newborn baby needs the utmost care and nourishment to survive and emerge as a grown person in the years to come. Exclusively breastfed Breast milk is pure with essential nutrients. Proper proportions to ensure the required nutrition to the infant, and cannot be substituted for the first six months of the infant’s life,” said Dr. Suvarna Rai, Consultant Female. Pathologist, SLG Hospital said.

“The best aspect about breast milk is that it changes in quantity and composition according to the time of day, age of the infant, nursing frequency, etc. to ensure the healthy development of the baby.”

According to Dr Chandrashekhar Manchla, Chief Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Amor Hospital, mother’s milk is also important as it is the only milk that can protect the baby from all kinds of allergies, disease and even not cause obesity. which is a major disease. Risks due to formula foods.

“Mother’s milk is not only easy to digest, it also helps in building immunity against future diseases like diabetes, cancer, ear infections etc. Babies fed with mother’s milk weigh less than those healthier than those who rely on formula foods,” he said.

Gynecologist at Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital, Dr. G. Santoshi, while highlighting the risks associated with formula foods, said that formula foods are not natural.

“This should be reason enough to discourage parents from choosing these foods available in the market. These formula foods can cause complications like gastrointestinal diseases or cause respiratory tract infections in babies. It has been observed that formula foods also have an adverse effect on the intellectual development of a child,” said the doctor.

According to doctors, mothers who do not breastfeed their babies have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who breastfeed. “Formula feed is the leading cause of obesity in babies these days as most mothers are working and they are in a hurry to get back to their offices. As a result, these mothers start formula feed early so that it is for the caretaker.”

Dr. K. Rama Devi, Senior Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Century Hospital told that some new mothers opt for formula foods as they are not able to produce milk naturally. “Every woman who conceives should follow some basic guidelines during pregnancy, which will ensure that each mother produces enough milk to feed her baby. Upon conceiving, women should ensure that they Take proper rest and avoid mental and physical exertion. A variety of nutritious foods such as vegetables, fruits, cereals etc. will ensure that women do not face any complications in producing enough milk for the child.”

“Mums who breastfeed their babies have less bleeding during delivery, no postpartum depression, and a better bond with the babies. It also reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, uterine and breast cancer.” Maternal deaths from breastfed babies are also significantly reduced. Breastfed babies reduce family expenses. Since babies can be protected from major infections with breast milk, their hospital visits are reduced And the financial burden is reduced. Since natural resources do not disappear, it is also very friendly to the environment,” said Dr. Aparna C., Director Neonatology and Senior Consultant Neonatology and Pediatrics, KIMS Hospital.

Started in 1992, World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. This week has been conceived to promote breastfeeding to every infant in the first six months of life, which is considered as a step towards a healthier individual and a fulfilling society.

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