Effectiveness of Moringa Oleifera (Malunggay) in Promoting Growth in Infants of Breastfeeding Mothers
Weight and length of babies whose moms consumed either Malunggay or a control, are measured in this study. Infants whose moms were taking Malunggay twice a day had larger weight increase and measured longer.
Breastfeeding is the best way to feed a newborn. It is highly recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Educational Fund for infants until 6 months.
Breast milk contains the right amount of fatty acids, lactose, water and amino acids for human digestion, brain development and growth.
Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves have long been used in the Philippines as galactagogue. Improving lactation means more available appropriate nutrition for infants. This eliminates the need for milk supplements.
Fewer hospital admissions, cases of ear infection, diarrhea, rash and allergies have been observed in breast-fed babies. Improved health and decreased morbidity of the newborn would benefit both mother and baby, in light of the increasing cost of health care.
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