Use of Moringa for Augmentation of the Volume of Breast Milk Among Mothers of Term Infants
Excerpts : Breast 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 the mother and the infant.
Breast milk is still superior when it comes to providing nutritional and immunologic benefits as compared to milk formula.
This study was undertaken to show if the intake of moringa leaves capsules indeed will augment the volume of milk production for those healthy mothers who will breastfeed their infants. Furthermore, moringa is planted throughout the Philippines and is easily available for consumption. Most of the mothers will greatly benefit from moringa as it is a cheap and good source of calcium, iron and phosphorus. Find out more about the health benefits of malunggay.
Discussion : The superiority of human milk over any other milk for the nourishment of the human newborn and infant is no longer an issue. Over the years, it has become more and more evident that it is the most ideal, safe and complete food for the young ones. The protective effect of breastfeeding is attributable to a complex of acquired and innate factors unique to human milk and which have been found to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and immuno-regulatory functions. The American Academy of Pediatric recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the infant is approximately 6 months of age with timely introduction of complimentary foods and continued breastfeeding to a year or longer if desired.
How to Increase Breast Milk Production Naturally
This study has shown that the use of moringa breastfeeding supplement is effective and safe for the augmentation of breast milk among mothers.
In the light of the findings of this research, the following are recommended :
- To substantiate the current study using moringa 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 for mothers nursing their infants.
- Moringa, which grows almost throughout the Philippines, should be promoted as an effective galactagogue and a good source of calcium, iron and phosphorus for mothers breastfeeding their infants. The local health center must be tasked to spread and emphasize the use of moringa leaves to improve breast milk production.
- Primary care physicians and obstetricians should also remind mothers of the importance of breastfeeding immediately after birth.