THOUGHTS ON Breastfeeding

Our clinic stands by the belief that mother's milk is the best nutrition source for infants.  The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, and continued breastfeeding for two years or more. 

When breastfeeding your child, it's important to consider the environment you're in.  A stressful environment will cause disharmony and lead to imbalances down the road.  After the first 6 months, breastfeeding can be decreased to the point where mother's milk makes up 50% of the infants diet.  After one year, breastfeeding can again be decreased, this time to make up 25% of the child's diet. 

If mother's milk is not available, the best substitute is goat's milk - rather than infant formula.  The milk should be boiled and allowed to cool before feeding to child. 



 

Weaning

 

Weaning can be done anytime from 6 months - 3 years.  Mother's choose to wean for different reasons, and some allow their children to self-wean.  As you introduce solid foods to your baby, remember it's always best to feed children simple foods, as they are easier to digest. 

Avoid fruit juice - it is too strongly concentrated for young children - which makes it hard on the developing digestive system.  Don't allow children under 3 to drink any type of fruit juice - even 100% juice.  After 3 years, fruit juice may be introduced to the diet, but should be diluted by 50% with water.

 

 

Jennifer Surjana L.Ac. is a global reproductive health expert, practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine, with a physical office in Norfolk, VA.

333 W Freemason St, Suite 200. Norfolk VA, 23510

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