What does Ayurveda say on Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is considered as the best source of nutrition for an infant. Even Ayurveda agrees with this, In Ayurveda, Mother’s milk is considered as the most compatible food for a child. A child is supposed to be exclusively on breast milk till around 6 months. Later, by around 2 to 3 years of age, the child is gradually weaned off from mother’s milk. According to Ayurveda, for a mother, love and affection towards the baby, a happy state of mind , adequate rest and sleep and a good nutritious diet are essential for successful breastfeeding. Certain plants and food preparations like kheer of halim, methi ladoos, date and poppy seeds roasted with little ghee, and medicinal products made up of shatavari, musali, jeevanti, etc. help to improve the quality and quantity of breastmilk.
Source: Book - Guide to Child Care by Dr R K Anand
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