Mother's milk is still best for babies

A mother’s milk is still best for babies

The campaign for breastfeeding is being pursued by the Department of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations International Children's Educational Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations involved in the improvement of the health of mothers and infants. This is an important initiative because breast milk is still superior when it comes to providing nutritional and immunologic benefits as compared to milk formula.

A study was done to discover if the intake of Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) powdered leaves in capsules can genuinely augment the volume of milk production for healthy mothers who breastfeed their babies, and it was learned that Malunggay Leaves Capsules are effective and safe for the augmentation of breast milk among mothers.

This is a very important study because the superiority of mothers' milk over artificial milk for the nourishment of infants is unquestionable. Mothers' milk has anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and immunoregulatory functions. The American Academy of Pediatric recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the infant is approximately 6 months of age with timely introduction of complementary foods and continued breastfeeding for a year or longer if desired.

As a result of the findings of the study, the following things are recommended :

1. To substantiate the current study, clinical trial using the same drug, malunggay leaves capsules, a larger sample size and longer period of use are recommended. The latter will help determine whether the prolonged use will yield a higher volume of breast milk mothers nursing their infants.

2. Malunggay which grows almost anywhere in the Philippines should be promoted as an effective galactagogue and a good source of calcium, iron, and phosphorus for mothers breastfeeding their infants. Local health centers should lead in sharing and putting emphasis on the use of Malunggay leaves to augment mothers’ yield of breast milk.

3.Primary care physicians and obstetricians should also remind mothers of the importance of breastfeeding immediately after birth.

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