Breastfeeding And The Role Of Ayurveda In It
Stress, sleep deprivation & lack of dietary nutrients can reduce breast milk supply
One of the oldest healing practices in the world, Ayurveda has always emphasized the importance of breastfeeding for new moms because it protects the baby against several illnesses and also helps to boost the immunity levels. Just like our body is governed by the three doshas – vata, kapha and pitta, breast milk is also affected by them. Thus what you consume has an impact on the quantity of your breast milk.
Zandu believes in Ayurveda as a way of life and it’s several influences on the human body. Today more and more professionals are encouraging extended breastfeeding and to align with this, more doctors are recommending the intake of ayurvedic medicines. If chosen correctly under the guidance of a qualified ayurvedic practitioner and combined with a well-balanced diet regime, ayurvedic herbs may tremendously impact the health of a pregnant mother and fetus, the post-delivery healing process and also aid in improving the breast milk production.
To facilitate good health and breastfeeding through Ayurveda, Zandu has compiled the magical properties of an ancient ayurvedic herb called Satavari for the health of lactating moms as well as ‘to-be-moms.’
- So what is Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement?
Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement contains Satavari powder. A herb local to India, it is rich with benefits. It is a highly effective galactagogue powder, an anti-oxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and among other virtues, helps to stimulate the natural process of lactation making it a natural method of increasing breastmilk.
Medical studies corroborate that women taking asparagus racemosus wild or satavari are more likely to have higher prolactin hormone which is biochemically responsible for increasing the quantity of breast milk in lactating women. This was established by comparing the results of two test groups. Satavari was given to one group while the other group received a form of rice powder also known to facilitate lactation. At the end of the study, a comparative analysis revealed that the increase in breast milk of the mother group which had been given Satavari was 32% while the other group reflected 9 %.
- Who can take Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement?
While anyone can take Satavari powder, Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement is safe and recommended for:
If you are a ‘to-be-mom’ the consumption of Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement during pregnancy is very beneficial to the fetus due to glutathione in it. It functions as an anti-oxidant and counteracts the oxidative damage that can be caused by free radicals inside the body. This helps to control attacks on fetal DNA and damages that can manifest as birth defects. It also helps to increase body immunity. Thus it nourishes both mother and fetus.
Breast milk is undeniably a baby’s best form or nutrition. Its significance cannot be emphasized enough. Safely considered as the only meal until the baby is 6 months, it is often that many women are denied the joy of being able to feed their newborn. In fact, WHO recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. (source:who.int)
How to fix this is a loaded question to which there are several answers. Also, the point to be remembered is that while there is no “one size that fits all” there are several nuggets of wisdom in Ayurveda.
As a new mom, the milk supply can be jeopardized owing to stress, sleep deprivation, lack of dietary nutrients or medical reasons. Add to all this, the societal pressures to breastfeed and we have on hand a certain recipe to possibly reduce the milk supply for the mother.
For a mother who is struggling with less lactation and consequent inability to satiate her baby’s hunger, Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement is safe and healthy. It is a medicinal herb and is non-hormonal. The effective galactagogue in Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement helps to stimulate the natural process of lactation and promotes the smooth flow of milk making breastfeeding a beautiful journey for both; baby and mom.
- How does one consume Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement?
The most common way of consuming Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement is in powder form. Under the guidance of a doctor, a spoonful of Zandu StriVeda Satavari Lactation Supplement twice a day can be consumed with milk or water for optimum benefits.
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