Infant cognition, brain development, and good health are largely dependent on breastfeeding. If you are a new breastfeeding mom this ‘how to’ post is your saviour. #FeedIQ

Are you a new mom? Welcome to the wonderful (and sometimes stressful) world of motherhood. You have got your baby home and set up the cute nursery but do you know what is keeping you occupied for most of your time – BREASTFEEDING. As a breastfeeding mom, your goal is not just to take care of your baby, but also to take good care of your health.

It’s easy to get consumed with everything related to baby and completely forget to take care of yourself. You are the most important person in your baby’s life now. Your physical and mental health will reflect on your baby’s growth. Take a breath and understand the know how’s for breastfeeding moms.

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Why is Exclusive Breastfeeding important for infant cognition?

Breast milk is perhaps the best food that you can give to your baby. Did you know your baby doesn’t even require water for the first six months? WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for first six months. Mother’s milk provides all necessary vitamins, healthy fats, protein and everything that your baby needs. Breastfeeding is known to improve, infant cognition and shows a positive effect on long-term brain development of your baby.

Breast milk not only provides nutrition but protects the infant from various diseases and respiratory problems. Apart from nutrition mothers often don’t realise that breastfeeding aids in cognitive development in babies. The longer the baby is breastfed the more intelligent they become. Breastmilk contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA) – a chain of polyunsaturated fats that help in brain development. In another words breastfeeding moms are the ones who are Feeding IQ to their babies.

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Is Breastfeeding Easy?

While breastfeeding comes naturally, believe me, it’s not easy for everyone. When I was a new mom I was struggling with low milk supply and it killed me every time to see my tiny one cry out in hunger. Breastfeeding at first hurts; you can get cracked nipples, and end up with sore breasts resulting in an emotional breakdown for the new mom. I remember reading up every single tip that Google threw at me, speaking to other moms, making frantic calls to the doctor. But then I realised, I wasn’t doing the things that I should have been doing in the first place – TAKING CARE OF MYSELF … the NEW BREASTFEEDING MOM! Don’t let all the stress affect your breastmilk supply. Follow these self-care tips that will make your breastfeeding journey smoother and improve your infant’s development.

Top 5 tips for Breastfeeding Mom for improved infant cognition

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#1 More is Better

Every new breastfeeding mom deals with supply issue. But the key is to know it’s a demand and supply process. The more your baby sucks at the breast the pituitary gland releases prolactin and Oxytocin resulting in more milk supply. Even if your supply is low initially, let the baby suck. The action of sucking will help in increasing production.

#2 Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Breastmilk is 80% water which is getting drained from your body. Always keep yourself well hydrated, especially when you are in a feeding session. Keeping a bottle of water next to you will help you to have that quick drink when you feel thirsty while feeding.

#3 Nutrition

The baby gets what you eat. While you were checking what you ate during pregnancy, don’t forget to do during your breastfeeding time. Good nutrition helps in faster recovery post childbirth as well as a better production of breastmilk. Along with a balanced diet take vitamin and mineral supplements like  SimMom IQ+  which is high in brain nutrients like DHA, Choline and Zinc.

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#4 Rest

The body undergoes several changes during pregnancy and proper diet and rest help in healing. While it’s difficult to get rest with a newborn there’s no harm in trying out every possibility to get that much-required nap. Ask your husband/partner to look after the baby for a few hours, nap when the baby naps, and keep your baby’s crib closer to your bed so that you don’t have to walk around during night time feeds. Sneak in a spa time at home to relax yourself.

#5 Stimulate the Infant’s Brain

Keep your stress levels down during your breastfeeding time. Stressing over different things can hamper milk supply. Talking and playing with the infant are some beautiful moments that you will cherish through your life. This playtime will also work as stimulation for your baby’s brain. Talking, touching, smiling, singing to the baby all act as stimulators for the young brain and help in improving infant cognition.

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A mom is baby’s best friend. There’s no replacement for your love and care. A breastfeeding mom not just provides best nutrition to the baby but helps improved infant cognition because the baby’s brain grows the fastest in the first three years. So while you take care of your baby, don’t forget to take care of yourself as well.

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15 Comments on Self-care tips for new breastfeeding mom to improve infant cognition #FeedIQ

  1. Sabeeka Lambe
    June 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm (7 months ago)

    initial months of breastfeeding were a bit tough for me too and I remember trying everything to keep at it and start enjoying it due to the amazing benefits that it has for babies mental development

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  2. Neha Sharma
    June 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm (7 months ago)

    These are some really great tips which will be helpful for breastfeeding moms. It’s true that we moms tend to forget ourselves and overindulge in fulfilling our baby’s needs. A mother should take care of herself and proper nutrition and rest should be on top of her list.

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  3. Dipika Singh
    June 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm (7 months ago)

    I had a really tough time during lactating days, frequent visits to Doctor advised me of hydration. Key is to stay positive and nutritious intake. Valuable advice to all new moms.

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  4. Deepa
    June 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm (7 months ago)

    These are all great tips for new mom’s to follow. Good nutrition is important for her and baby to develop properly.
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  5. Alpana Deo
    June 9, 2018 at 10:48 am (6 months ago)

    New mommy role comes with it’s own set of challenges. Breastfeeding is one of them. With positive attitude, it can also be taken care of

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  6. Pooja Kawatra
    June 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm (6 months ago)

    This post reminded me of my breastfeeding journey and I took break from my work so that can properly breastfeed my baby. These are essential tips for any new moms.

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  7. Rohini
    June 11, 2018 at 8:46 am (6 months ago)

    I have always stressed the topic of breastfeeding a baby especially the first 6 months. I was one of those lucky individuals who didn’t have much trouble with lactation.
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  8. Priyadarshani Panda
    June 11, 2018 at 10:56 am (6 months ago)

    Some really helpful tips tina being a breastfeeding mom who has faced each and every problem related to bf almost i loved this article.Nutrition and hydration is very important for breastfeeding mother plus keep going no matter what is something that helps a lot.
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  9. Amitoj Kaur
    June 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm (6 months ago)

    This is such a helpful post for new moms out there. Breastfeeding is indispensable for baby’s overall physical and mental well being. Proper nutrition and staying hydrated during breastfeeding is must and best for both baby and mom.

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  10. GUNJAN
    June 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm (6 months ago)

    This is such an informational post Tina..glad you touched this topic it is so essential for all new moms to know

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  11. Surbhi Mahobia
    June 11, 2018 at 10:41 pm (6 months ago)

    Great tips. I instantly recalled what my breastfeeding counselor told me after my first baby was born. These tips are very helpful for new moms. Giving it a name makes it more of a topic of discussion more than a topic to shy away from. Good one!
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  12. Olivia Ava
    June 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm (6 months ago)

    I am always conscious about baby health and this article help me in filling some of my thirst. Thnks admin

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  13. Ananta Goyal
    June 16, 2018 at 10:05 pm (6 months ago)

    I am a firm believer in breast is best and what you have detailed has just reinforced that.

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