Building Immunity While Breastfeeding
After delivery one’s immune system is weak in the initial phase. That is why all across India and other countries the mother is often not allowed to leave the room and house.
Immunity and breastfeeding
Women's immunity becomes weak in the initial phases after delivery. Because of this, all across India and some other countries, the new mothers are not allowed to leave the room and house. The major reason behind this is the existence of many infections outside, which one can easily catch. For example, catching a cough after c-section will be really painful because it can hurt the stitches and cause immense pain, delaying healing. This makes it extremely important to take care and maintain strong immunity after delivery.
Importance of the mother’s immunity during the breastfeeding phase
Breastfeeding's relation to the mother's immunity
For the newborns, breastfeeding is the major source of nutrients until they reach at least 6 months. During this period, whatever the mother eats will also be going to the baby. So, taking antibiotics is not recommended while breastfeeding, if you catch an infection.
Here comes the importance of Ayurveda, where immunity issues can be managed through a Naturalistic lifestyle. This method is non-invasive, organic and purely nutrient-based.
Initial few months is the phase where your baby is sustained on your immune system, knowing the fact that the child's immune system is already weak. Mother’s infections can pass on to the ward through the primary means of breastfeeding and physical proximity.
Ayurveda says that, if the mother has indigestion, it passes down to the baby as the breast milk will also become difficult to digest. Mothers need a strong digestive system and immune system for 'improved digestion and breast milk quality' ultimately for the baby.
DIY for New Mothers
There are many Do It Yourself (DIY) tips which can be done by the new mothers themselves at their homes. One of them is to include amla (Indian Gooseberry) and turmeric in your diet in the way you like - maybe as a snack, as juice, or in pickle form.
DIY tips for Improving Digestion after Delivery
Food Solutions like Rasaayana in Ayurveda which rejuvenates and slows down aging. Simplest one is the amla rasayana made from amla, which is very high in antioxidants.
Taking dried-at-home, powdered turmeric along with milk.
Soothika's Ayurvedic solutions exclusively for breastfeeding mothers, which are easier to digest, like - (then list the numbered solutions (Shatavari churna, Triphala churna) under this option).
Triphala choornam contains powder of Indian gooseberry, vibhitaki, chebulic mycobalan. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
It can be used externally and internally according to the condition.
Nutritional Solutions for New Mom's Digestive System
In Ayurveda, we call it, Rasaayana (rejuvenates and slows down the aging process). It is the most simple Indian Gooseberry or Amla(high in antioxidants). Overall health benefits.
Turmeric (NOT FROM the market. We insist on Turmeric bulbs which can be dried at home) taken with milk.