Ayurveda And Breast Feeding


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Along with the joys of motherhood comes the responsibility of nurturing  the newborn. For good health  of  newborn, proper nourishment is utmost important . This nourishment  is provided by  Stanya  or  Breast milk , which is a complete food during initial period.

Stanya Sampat (Characteristics of Breast Milk)

According to Ayurveda, Stanya (Breast Milk) should be normal in smell, taste, touch and whitish yellow or white just like the colour of conch shell. This milk provides nourishment and good health to the child.

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Composition of Breast Milk

* Lactose helps in absorption of calcium and enhances the growth of Lactobacilli in the intestines.

* Amino acids aids in neurotransmission and neuromodulation.

* Polyunsaturated fatty acids help in myelination of the nervous system.

* A number of protective factors eg. immunoglobulins protect from infections.

* Epidermal growth factor enhances maturation of intestinal cells and reduce the risk of allergy in later life.

breastfeeding3   Factors Stimulating Breast Milk

Ayurveda describes that milk is ejected by the thought, sight, touch, and affection for the child and also with the physical contact (suckling). This is called as Oxytocin reflex (Milk ejection reflex) in modern science. Oxytocin  hormone is produced in response to the stimulation to the nerve endings in the nipple by suckling as well as thought, sight or sound of the baby.  

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Contraindications for Breast Feeding 

The woman who is hungry, grief stricken, has vitiation of vital elements in body, is pregnant, emaciated, obese, suffering from fever, consumed incompatible diet should not breast feed the child.

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2 thoughts on “Ayurveda And Breast Feeding

  1. Good to see the WHO and 1000 Days posters! However I totally disagree with the Contradictions for Breastfeeding listed here. If this was the case, a vast majority of women would not be able to breastfeed!7

    • Thank you Rukhsana for visiting my blog .
      Ayurveda recommends that Breast milk should be healthy . In these conditions doshas are not in balanced state and vitiates the breast milk . So it’s contraindicated temporarily . Once the mother regains her health , she resumes breastfeeding . During these conditions Breast milk of healthy wet nurse is advised . Earlier people lived in joint families and closeknit communities , the cross breast feeding was also practised . Emphasis is on healthy Breast milk as it’s the only nutrition child is having . Now a days Human Milk Banks are doing great work .

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