Thursday, March 6, 2008

Breastfeeding Is An Ideal Method Of Feeding And Nurturing Infants

Breastfeeding Is An Ideal Method Of Feeding And Nurturing Infants
by: Connie Limon

In recent years especially research consistently shows breastfeeding infants provides a multitude of compelling advantages to:

* Infants
* Mothers
* Families
* Society

These advantages include:

* Health
* Nutritional
* Immunologic
* Developmental
* Psychological
* Social
* Economic
* Environmental

Human milk is uniquely superior for infant feeding. All other commercial substitute feeding options differ markedly from it. Breast milk is easily digested and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. The health benefits to mothers include lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers.

Regardless of the superiority of human milk against all other infant feeding options, health professionals agree that there are rare exceptions when human milk is not recommended. Breastfeeding is not advisable if one or more of the following conditions is true:

* The infant is diagnosed with galactosemia (a rare genetic metabolic disorder)

* The infant whose mother has been infected with HIV, is taking antiretroviral medications, has untreated, active tuberculosis, is infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I or type II, is using or dependent upon an illicit drug, is taking prescribed cancer chemotherapy agents that interfere with DNA replication and cell division, is undergoing radiation therapies (radiation therapy requires only a temporary interruption in breastfeeding)

Human milk is the preferred feeding for all infants, which includes premature and sick newborns with some rare exceptions. The final decision on breastfeeding an infant is the mother’s. It is the role of the pediatricians to provide parents with complete, current information on the benefits and methods of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding should begin as soon as possible after birth, usually within the first hour.

Newborns should nurse whenever they show signs of hunger, which include:

* Increased alertness or activity
* Mouthing
* Rooting

All the above signs will appear before crying. Crying is a late sign of infant hunger.

Newborns should nurse about 8 to 12 times every 24 hour period until satiety. This is usually accomplished within 10 to 15 minutes on each breast. If the infant is non-demanding in the early weeks after birth, they should be aroused or awakened to feed if 4 hours passes since last nursing.

Do not give supplements such as water, glucose water, formula and so forth to breastfeeding newborns unless advised by a health care professional due to some kind of medical indication. With adequate breastfeeding knowledge and practices, supplements are rarely needed. Pacifiers and supplements should be avoided and if used at all, only after breastfeeding is well established.

Newborns and breastfeeding mothers should be seen by a pediatrician or other knowledgeable health care professional when the newborn is 2 to 4 days of age. At that time, infant weight and a general health assessment should be done as well as observing breastfeeding for evidence of successful breastfeeding behavior. In addition the infant should be assessed for jaundice, adequate hydration and age-appropriate elimination patterns. The infant should have at least six urinations per day and three to four stools per day by 5 to 7 days of age.

Some obstacles to the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding include:

* Insufficient prenatal breastfeeding education
* Inappropriate interruption of breastfeeding
* Early hospital discharge in some populations
* Lack of timely routine follow-up care and postpartum home health visits
* Media portrayal of bottle-feeding as being “normal.”
* Commercial promotion of infant formula through hospital distributions of discharge packs, coupons for free or discounted formula, television and general magazine advertising

The highest rates of breastfeeding are among higher-income, college-educated women, 30 years of age living in the Mountain and Pacific regions of the United States.

The AAP strongly recommends breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants and recognizes breastfeeding as most important in achieving optimal infant and child health, growth and development.


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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Natural Breast Enlargement Methods

Natural Breast Enlargement Methods

Natural breast enlargement methods are today preferred over breast implant surgeries. Like its name suggests, natural breast enlargement methods are natural and therefore, safer. Also, the processes are non invasive, which reduce the risk of any surgery. The non invasive process also does off with the use of silicone or other such substances being used. Similarly, these natural breast enlargement methods do not have any side effects.

Some of the main natural breast enlargement methods in use today are:

1. Breast enlargement pills
2. Breast enlargement lotions, creams and sprays
3. Breast pumps
4. Exercise and Breast Massage
5. Hypnosis

Breast Enlargement Pills

The female gender achieves puberty around the age of ten or twelve. An increased production of hormones like estrogen, progesterone and prolactin stimulate the growth of the cells of the breast.

Breast enlargement pills use the same concept. Mankind has known such herbs which stimulate growth since ages. These herbs are known to increase the bulk of the breast growth. These herbs contain the plant estrogen, called phytoestrogen. This phytoestrogen has the same function human estrogen has. They stimulate the growth of the adipose tissue, i.e. breast.

Phytoestrogens are found in the following natural herbs:-

• Pueraria mirifica
• Blessed thistle
• Dong Quai
• Saw palmetto
• Fennel seeds
• Fenugreek
• Dandelion root
• Damiana
• Wild Yam

Breast Enlargement Creams, Lotions, Sprays

There are other breast enlargement creams, lotions and sprays which contain natural ingredients. These ingredients work towards firming the tissues and ligaments of the breasts. Further, these creams work as moisturizing cream for the breasts. While the creams supply breasts with additional water and moisture, they make the breasts look firmer and livelier.

These breast enhancement and enlargement herbs and ingredients are available in various forms, like creams, lotions, sprays and pills. Mostly, breast enlargement pills are used along with the creams, sprays and lotions.

Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are another method of enhancing breast size. The concept used is the same which is used to remove excess milk from the breasts of a lactating mother; however, these pumps are different in shape and structure.

Breast pumps consist of two cups attached to a vacuum generating device. These cups are meant to be placed over the breast. Pressure is generated when the air is sucked out of the cups, due to the partial vacuum. This pressure enhances the blood circulation in the breasts.

Therefore, these pumps enhance the health of the tissues and ligaments within the breasts. Further, breast pumps help in flushing out any toxic materials that settle into the breasts from time to time. This is especially helpful when the woman is lactating.

Exercise and Massaging

We all know that exercise is good for the body. In fact, there are various exercises set for various parts of the body, like the back, the arms and the legs. In the same way, there are various exercises for the enlargement of breasts. Apart from such exercises, massages are also very helpful in the enlargement of breasts. These exercises are just part of the stay fit regime more and more people are embracing all over the world.

Basically, breast exercises are aimed at firming up the pectoral muscles below the breasts. Once the pectoral muscles become firmer, the breast tissues follow suit, which make the breast tissues stronger and suppler.

Therefore, breast enlargement exercises are chest expansion exercises. These exercises are part and parcel of an athlete's life. Along with these exercises, women use yoga to enhance their physical as well as mental state of life. Breast massages are easy, and don't require any special equipment. These massages consist of different pressures applied on the breasts a set pattern. Breast massages provide better circulation of blood in the breast, and flush out any dangerous toxins that may collect.


Perhaps the most conventional method of breast enhancement is hypnosis. In this process, the woman actually doesn't undergo any surgery, nor does she take any medicine - natural or otherwise. It is a known fact that hypnosis can be used to make a person believe some things. Using the same logic, the woman is hypnotized into thinking that the natural size of her breasts is good enough.

Therefore, the woman feels satisfied with herself - which may have a positive stimulation of the correct hormones and facilitate the growth of the adipose tissue.

Cynics maintain that hypnosis is not a breast enhancement technique at all, and have also criticized the morality of making a person believe something that is simply not true.

There are various other methods of breast augmentation and enhancement. More women are today opting for these methods. Some of the main reasons for this are:

1. These options are relatively safe.
2. There seem to be no side effects.
3. The woman doesn't have to undergo any surgery.

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