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Dr. Govindaraj

Pediatrician, Chennai

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Dr. Govindaraj is an experienced Pediatrician in Valasaravakkam, Chennai. You can meet Dr. Govindaraj personally at Rakshith Hospital in Valasaravakkam, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Govindaraj on Lybrate.com.

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Breastfeeding - Know The Benefits!

DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Faridabad
Breastfeeding - Know The Benefits!

A mother’s milk is said to be the most nutritious food for a new born baby. It contains the perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals needed for your baby and changes to keep up with your baby’s growing needs. However, the benefits of breastfeeding extend way beyond nutritional value. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both you and your baby. Ideally, a baby should be breastfed for at least the first six months.

Here are 5 major benefits of breastfeeding.

  1. Stronger immunity: Mother’s milk is rich in antibodies and a number of unique compounds that help the newborn child’s body fight bacterial and viral infections. No other form of baby food is as rich in these antibodies. Babies who have been breastfed have a lower risk of suffering from ailments such as ear infection, stomach upsets and respiratory problems. The first milk expressed by a woman’s breasts after giving birth is known as colostrums. This milk coats the baby’s digestive system and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria.
  2. Fewer allergies: Breast milk is easier to digest than formula or cow’s milk. This protects the gastrointestinal passages from inflammation and prevents undigested food from triggering allergic reactions. Being breastfed can also reduce the number of allergies a child may suffer from in their later years.
  3. Healthy body weight: Breastfeeding makes a child less likely to suffer from obesity in their later childhood and adult years. This is because breast milk contains less insulin and more hormones as compared to formula. This helps regulate fat absorption. On an average, babied fed on formula put on weight quickly and are more likely to overeat in their later years.
  4. Stronger bones: Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the child and the mother. When a woman is breastfeeding her child, her body’s ability to absorb calcium increases. This helps increase bone density, especially as pregnancy can make bones weak.
  5. Builds a strong mother-child bond: After 9 months of carrying a child to term, giving birth may lead to post partum depression and a mother may feel the connection between her and the child severed. Breastfeeding helps nurture this connection and provides emotional relief to both the mother and child. For the mother, this experience releases hormones that reduce stress and relax the body. For the baby, close physical contact is very important and this process provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sir/Mam I have 2 month old baby. I what to know about wheezing symptoms for 2 month baby. My baby makes sound from nose while feeding and sleeping. please tell me quickly.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Sir/Mam I have 2 month old baby. I what to know about wheezing symptoms for 2 month baby. My baby makes sound from no...
Hello, nasal passage of your baby is not clear due to catarrh. Your baby & you are required to avoid cold intake, exposure to cold climate, dust, smoke. Give your baby Homoeo. Medicine @ spongea 30-1 drop thrice with 1tsfl of your milk. Pour saline water into nostril to dilate the passage to ease breathing of your baby. Report, wkly. Your feedback matters, please. Tk care.

My one month old baby has started sucking his thumb. How do I get rid of this habit. Also I heard that baby injections are now pain free also. Is that so. Can I have light on these injection types.

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
My one month old baby has started sucking his thumb. How do I get rid of this habit. Also I heard that baby injection...
Hello, most kids have this habit and they grow out of it with the age. Swaddle him and make sure his fingers are kept clean.

My daughter was ill and cold and cough age 6 year old what can you do for her help.

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Varanasi
Ask your doctor for antipyretics and antibiotics if required. Home based therapy for cold includes gargle with luke warm water 2-3 timesa day, steam inhalation 2-3 times a day and honey 1 teaspoon three times a day.

Hi, my son is 7 months old He was 9 kg weight now Yesterday on wards suffering from high cold Continuously gel is coming from his nose. Kindly suggest good medicine.

M.D.(Ayu.) Basic Principles, B.A.M.S., I.P.G.T.& R.A., GAU
Ayurveda, Ajmer
Hi, my son is 7 months old He was 9 kg weight now
Yesterday on wards suffering from high cold
Continuously gel is com...
Hi Lybrate user You can use Pwd Balchaturbhadra 1gm four times a day with honey for your baby. It will cure cough and cold & also boost up immunity of your baby. Thanks Regards.
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If my child has a fever, can I give them paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time?

DNB (Pediatrics), Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Bangalore
You can, but I suggest give paracetamol 1st, then if it doesn't subside in a hours time, give ibuprofe. Make sure you are not over dosing your child.
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Hi dr, My daughter is having 2 years old. I would like to know whether I can give cord liver oil to my child which is available in medical shops and can you suggests food items which help her to stay as healthy? Thank you.

mbbs, dch, DNB
Pediatrician, Bangalore
Hi dr, My daughter is having 2 years old. I would like to know whether I can give cord liver oil to my child which is...
Hi we usually won't recommend cod liver oil as a source of supplements. 2 year old kid can be given everything in your family pot diet including fish and meat if you are a non veg. Avoid junk foods. Thanks.
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Super fact of the day - 28th October, 2015

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Delhi
Super fact of the day - 28th October, 2015
A baby starts off life with 350 bones. During growth, bones fuse together and an adult ends up with only 206!

Would you like to share this interesting fact with family or friends? go ahead and share!
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Sir my 3 month old baby boy is having left sided severe hydronephrosis with PUJ obstruction. Doctor has referred for a surgery. I want to know should I go for open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Can you guide me who is best Dr. in Mumbai.

MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Vadodara
Sir my 3 month old baby boy is having left sided severe hydronephrosis with PUJ obstruction. Doctor has referred for ...
Dear lybrate-user, How are you? You are in pain of fatherhood, I understood. Your son is having Congenital anomaly and Surgery is the only option. Go to fully equipped hospital with full ICU support & well qualified Urologist, Nephrologist & neonetologist. Any type of surgery you can choose either open or Lap. Acoordind to my experience, Open surgery will be better for this condition. But, if expert lap. Urologist is available, you can have that choice. Both have its ifs & buts. Whatever your treating doctor suggest, go for it. Mind well, only God is Great and not the Doctor. We, Surgeons are also humanbeing, trying our best for betterhood of patient. Best of Luck.
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Meri little daughter ka weight 9 kg h or age 19 months h birth time inka weight 3 kg the 2 month se weight gain nhi ho RAHA hai abhi tk 8 teeth nikle h 6 upar or 2 niche teeth jb nikalte h to kamjor lagti hai please help what I can do for her.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
Meri little daughter ka weight 9 kg h or age 19 months h birth time inka weight 3 kg the 2 month se weight gain nhi h...
Likely cause is she is not eating sufficient. Give her home made solid food every 4 hours frequently. Stop bottle feeding if doing. Explain her need & advantage of food in simple language.
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