World Breast Feeding Week (WBW) 2018: Being a mother is a beautiful feeling, especially if it is the first baby. Breastfeeding is essential for the healthy growth of the baby. Whatever the mother consumes, directly goes inside the body of the baby through the breast milk. Hence, a mother must try to take a well-nourished diet to stay fit and healthy. Also, the only source of nourishment for the baby is the breastmilk of the mother, thus a breastfeeding mother must avoid any toxins in the body. Consumption of alcohol is an absolutely NO, as it not only harms the mother but the baby too. (Also read: World Breast Feeding Week 2018: Truth behind some common myths about breastfeeding)
World Breast Feeding Week 2018: Why should a breastfeeding mother avoid drinking alcohol?
- Decreases the nutritional value of breastmilk
- Alcohol mingles in the breastmilk
- Decreases the immunity of the body
- Impacts the brain development of the child
- Affects the sleeping pattern
Decreases the nutritional value of breastmilk
The breast milk of the mother consists of various essential nutrients. When the breastfeeding mother consumes alcohol, the nutritious value of the breast milk starts killing. Thus, a breastfeeding mother must never drink alcohol.
Alcohol mingles in the breastmilk
Whatever a mother eats directly impacts her breastmilk. Thus, when the mother consumes alcohol, her breastmilk becomes intoxicated. Thus, it is advised to avoid the consumption of alcohol while you breastfeed the baby. (Also read: Breastfeeding: Why is it necessary to avoid spicy food when you breastfeed baby)
Decreases the immunity of the body
The baby gains the immunity from the breastmilk of the mother. If the mother consumes alcohol, the breastmilk becomes incapable of fighting with the microbes and other infections. This decreases the immunity of the body.
Impacts the brain development of the child
The excess amount of alcohol presence in the breastmilk leads to the permanent or the long-term damage to the brain of the child. It also impacts the liver of the baby. Thus, a mother should be very careful of what she is intaking.
Affects the sleeping pattern
The mother who consume alcohol while breastfeeding period of the baby notices the change in the behavioural pattern of the baby. The baby develops an inappropriate sleeping pattern and becomes naggy.
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These are certain reasons why a breastfeeding mother should not consume alcohol. It is extremely unhealthy for the mother as well as for the baby. You can read this article in Hindi as well.