Dr Abha Midha
MBBS, MD Paediatrics, Post MD experience of 14 years plus

Dr. Abha Midha is a Breastfeeding Guide in Rohini, Delhi and has an experience of 14+ years in this field. Dr. Abha Midha is Associate Consultant in Neonatology and Pediatrics at Jaipur Golden Hospital Rohini She completed her MBBS from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Ludhiana and has done her MD Pediatrics from Government Medical College Amritsar. She has also worked as a consultant in various reputed institutions post MD.

She treats medical conditions related to newborns, infants, children and adolescents. The conditions include- New Born Care, All common Pediatric ailments, Issues regarding child Nutrition, Childhood Obesity, Growth and Development evaluation, Adolescent Medicine, Childhood Asthma and allergies and does new born, infant, child, adolescent and adult vaccination. 

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Breastfeeding guide

Breastfeeding is not just a need but an emotionally fulfilling experience for the mother and the baby. As Abha Midha likes to say, “Breast milk is ‘Amrit’ that nurtures a new life.” So, this is a unique and overwhelming experience for every woman.

Do’s & Don’ts

The following tips will ensure ‘Happy Breastfeeding’ for both the mother and the child.

  • Oxytocin is the hormone that is very important in breast feeding it also makes a mother’s uterus contract after delivery and helps to reduce bleeding. Oxytocin reflex is called the “let down reflex” or the milk ejection reflex.  
  • If/when the breast is engorged or lumpy the milk must be drained out manually or by a pump. The baby must get a soft, supple breast to suck on.
  • Feed on demand preferably from both breasts.
  • It is not that the baby is hungry every time he/she suckles. Babies feel a comforting bond with the mother and may suckle while snoozing.
  • A baby needs to be fed frequently on-demand as their stomach size is small.
  • Many mothers complain of ‘sore nipples’. To avoid this, the baby must be taught to put the entire areola into the mouth while feeding.
  • Being in a comfortable position is important for both the mother and the baby. So, a comfortable position where the back does not hurt is important.
  • To prevent the baby from getting smothered avoid feeding while lying down.
  • There are many fads and myths related to the diet during lactation. A lactating mother should eat healthy but there’s no such list of dos and don’ts. Also, there’s certainly no need for the mother to eat for two.
  • There is no need for water, honey, supplements, etc.
  • Continue breastfeeding even after the first six months but add weaning foods to the diet for the baby’s increased demands. Breast and bottle feed together may cause nipple confusion and the baby may give up the breast for the ease of bottle feed. It is okay to breastfeed even after the first year and maybe the second year as well!