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BREASTFEEDING (MATRUSTANYA): A DIVINE GIFT TO A NEWBORN

Dr. Dattatraya G. Parde*

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Ayurveda give more value on nutrition at all stage of life, in order to protect health of an individual. Breast milk is most important food for almost all infants in the first year of life. In ancient time description of breast feed accessible from Vedas, represent the most important holy texts, in Vedas breast milk are symbols of long life and sugariness of nectarines. The ancient Ayurveda texts like Charak Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita, and Kashyap Samhita, stated the importance of breastfeeding, and value of breast milk. Milk is the only one primary diet for children in the early year of life. According to ancient texts, breastfeeding should continue up to the eruption of teeth, for at least six months. In Sushruta Samhita undoubtedly indicated concerning solid foods at the age of six months, when teething starts. Early weaning and late weaning both are dangerous in infants. The modern sciences stated that the breast milk contains numerous antibodies, which improve immunity in infants and propose power to fight against various types of viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding also helps in reducing risk of having asthma, allergies disorders, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and diarrhea like diseases in your baby. Breastfeeding provides most favorable development and protection from various acute and chronic diseases. Breastfeeding helps to mothers, with recovery from pregnancy, uphold pregnancy gap and lifelong health advantages. Breastfeeding also gives benefits to society by many economical and environmental ways. Breast feeding also helps in saving of electricity and fuel as, it used in the preparation of formula feed or cow milk.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, colostrum, infants, KashyapSamhita, nutrition.


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