What ensures an adequate supply of breast-milk
It is necessary that the woman is emotionally prepared during pregnancy for breast-feeding and is encouraged to eat a well-balanced diet. Anxiety and emotional upset must be avoided and adequate rest should be ensured. It is necessary to prepare the breast, particularly the nipple, for breast-feeding. Mother should initiate breast-feeding as early as possible after delivery and feed the child on demand. Milk production of the mother is determined by the infant’s demand. Frequent sucking by the baby and complete emptying of breast are important for sustaining adequate breast milk output. A working mother can express her breast milk and store it hygienically up to 8 hrs. This can be fed to her infant by the caretaker.