AN AYURVEDIC AND MODERN OVERVIEW OF IMPORTANCE OF BREASTFEEDING DURING PANDAMIC OF COVID 19
Dr. Pravin Vishwanath Barkule* and Dr. Yogesh Shankar Surse
Ayurveda is a only science which is important for prevention of diseases and for healthy life. Breastfeeding is the “Golden Standard” for infant feeding. Breast milk is the ideal food for almost all infants in their early life of one year. Ayurveda gives more importance on nutrition at all stage of life, in order to preserve health of an individual. In ayurveda breastfeeding is described as a samskara of child which should be started with enchanting of Mantras. In Sushruta Samhita clearly indicated that Breastfeeding should be given upto teething start and then give solid foods at the age of six months.
According to modern sciences breast milk contains many antibodies that improve immunity in infants and protect them from various infections. Now whole world was hampered by Pandemic of COVID 19 so many questions raised about transmission of virus through breast milk but according to WHO, COVID-19-affected or suspected mothers should be informed about the importance to continue Breastfeeding to their infants and that this goal can be achieved by adopting appropriate hygiene and safety practices.
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Immunity, COVID 19,
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