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10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

We all know reading to our kids is a good thing—but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.

Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.

  • A stronger relationship with you. As your kid grows older, he’ll be moving—playing, running, and continually investigating his surroundings. Cuddling up with a book gives you two a chance to back off and recovers that sweet, cuddly time you delighted in when he was a child. Rather than being viewed as an errand or an undertaking, reading will turn into a supporting movement that will bring you two nearer together.


  • Academic excellence. One of the essential advantages of reading to little children and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Various studies have demonstrated that students who are presented to reading before preschool will probably do well in all features of formal education. All things considered, if a student battles to assemble words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?


  • Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning difficult language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”— when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight—is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.


  • The basics of how to read a book. Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.


  • Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.


  • Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.


  • More logical thinking skills. Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.


  • Acclimation to new experiences. As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.


  • Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually, they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.


  • The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.


Register for Children’s Day at Aster – A fun-filled educational session including book reading, story telling and singing. For more information & registrations:

visit http://www.asternurture.com/childrens-day/ or call 04 4400500


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Breastfeeding tips for the working mom

Your Maternity leaves are over, joining work back and worried most about the fact that you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby regularly?

Do not worry! We have a few tips that will help you continue to breastfeed your baby and be the work diva that you are.

Express and store

Pumping is easier than it sounds or looks. As long as you have a good pump around, you can conveniently pump either at home or at work and store the milk for later use. Try and opt for an electric pump rather than a manual one. Electric pumps are more efficient and take less time for getting the required quantity.

Always have a supply of sterilized bottles and keep everything ready before you sit down to pump. Some pumping machines come with their own cleaning kits however if you do not have one, keep a fresh supply of wipes ready to clean up after pumping. Once you have expressed, store the milk in favorable conditions for later use. You can also freeze the milk so that it will last longer.

Have the baby close to your workplace

If this option is available for you, take your baby to work or work from a place that is closer to your home. In this way, you can take frequent nursing breaks and feed the baby as required. Some workplaces are supportive in terms of allotting space for the baby and nanny so that you can have the baby close at all times.

In case having the baby at your workplace is not possible you can look for a day care centre close to your work area and run to it, if possible, wherever it is the time to feed.

Time the feeds

You may want to time your feeds so that you feed the baby just before leaving home and feed the baby again as soon as you are back. The remaining feeds during work time can be given as formula milk or you can have the expressed milk shared with daycare if they can keep it in right conditions and can feed the baby at right intervals.

Please remember that if you stop feeding or expressing, the milk formation will slowly reduce and you will be forced to opt for formula milk. So try to exclusively breastfeed for as long as you can so that both you and the baby reap the benefits of it!


Dr. Sejal Devendra Surti

Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Aster Hospital




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Myths and facts of Breastfeeding

Myths & Facts about Breastfeeding


There are so many myths surrounding breastfeeding. To help you sort through it all, on this World Breastfeeding Week, here are some truths behind the most common myths.


New moms don’t make enough milk

Fact: Some of you may not make milk for the first 3 to 5 days after delivery however you make a thick concentrated liquid called Colostrum. This is rich in all the nutrients that are required for the new born baby.


Breast feeding helps the baby get a better IQ

Fact: There is no scientific proof which states that babies who have been exclusively breastfed have a better IQ than babies that have been on formula milk. However, breast milk has certain antibodies that can be passed on from the mother to the baby which will help build the baby’s immunity.


Frequent feeding means the baby is not getting enough milk

Fact: Breast milk is easier to digest than formula milk which is probably why your baby is requiring frequent feeds. Needing a feed every 2 to 3 hours is normal for new born babies.


Formula fed babies sleep better

Fact: This is an absolute myth however formula fed babies may sleep longer. The reason behind this is because the milk takes longer to digest so they are full for a longer time. However the downside to formula feeding is the super stinky diapers!


Breastfeeding changes the shape of the breasts and reduces the sensation:

Fact: Pregnancy somewhat alters the shape and feel of your breast however does not cause any other changes. A major benefit of breastfeeding is that women who breastfeed are known to show a reduced risk of breast cancer.


Breastfeeding is painful

Fact: Some women may find the initial few days of feeding a bit painful as the nipples get sore. However if the baby is latching on properly there should be no soreness rather you enjoy the bonding session with the baby. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a consultant at the hospital (and perhaps after you go home) who can help you and your baby make the process as comfortable as possible.


The breast needs adequate rest to make enough milk

Fact: Simply stated: ‘ the more you feed, the more milk you make’.


 If a baby isn’t gaining well, it may be due to the low quality of the mother’s milk.

Fact: Studies have shown that even malnourished women are able to produce milk of sufficient quality and quantity to support a growing infant. Most cases low weight gain are related to insufficient milk intake or an underlying health problem in the baby.



Dr. Sejal Devendra Surti 

Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Aster Hospital



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World Breastfeeding Week – Benefits of Breastfeeding.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the most beneficial way of feeding your baby. It provides all the essential nutrients your baby needs for normal growth, development and protection from diseases. It is best for the baby’s and the mother’s health.

Benefits for the baby:

  • Breast milk is high in nutrients and meets all the baby’s nutritional needs for the first six months.
  • It helps protect babies from tummy upsets, ear and chest infections
  • It helps your baby to fight infection and develop good bacteria in her digestive system. Baby gets all the nutrition they need from your milk to grow well, while also being protected from harmful bacteria.
  • Breast milk changes with time so as to meet your baby’s changing nutritional, immunological and developmental needs.
  • Breastfeeding your baby provides an emotional contact with your baby. Through breastfeeding you give a great start to your baby!
  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of your baby being obese or overweight thus reducing the risk of developing medical conditions such as diabetes.
  • It is easier for your baby to digest breast milk
  • Needs no preparation and its free!!!


Benefits for the mother:

  • Breastfeeding helps to accelerate weight loss and return to the pre-pregnancy weight.
  • It helps to reduce bleeding after birth and helps your uterus to return to its pre-pregnant state
  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of pre-menopausal breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.
  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.


Tips to breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding does not come naturally to all mothers. Ask for guidance when required.
  • Let your baby decide when to slide off. Some babies like to pause between feeds and afterwards you can switch to the other breast
  • Latching is a very important part of feeding. Your baby needs to latch on well to feed effectively and prevent you from getting sore.
  • Do not be worried about running out of milk. The more your baby suckles and feeds, the more milk you produce
  • A common question most first time mothers have is ‘is my baby getting enough milk’?

The best sign of a well-fed baby is one who is satisfied after a feed, has plenty of wet nappies and is growing well.


Dr. Sejal Devendra Surti 

Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Aster Hospital



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Managing Twins and Triplets

Twins and triplets are becoming more common as more couples are having babies later in life.Fertility treatments also increase the chance of people having multiples.

For parents managing twins or triplets, the joys and the responsibilities that come along with it are higher two-three fold!

Caring for your newborn multiples

A lot of changes happen during this stage. When it comes to your surroundings, you would need extra help from family, neighbors, or hired help. Ideally, it is best to consider this earlier during your pregnancy.

Multiples usually do require a little extra care as they are usually born prematurely. They are prone to developing a flu like illness called respiratory syncytial virus that can cause serious health problems. Keeping your surroundings and yourself clean by having a good hand hygiene practice for yourself and others in the household is one way to start.

Some things to consider when feeding is that it would take a large chunk of your day. Mothers can either breast feed or bottle feed as what suits them best. It is possible to nurse two babies simultaneously with some advice from lactation consultants who can show you positions to help nurse multiple and single babies.

Many choose a combination of breast feeding and bottle feeding.

You can consider waking and feeding all the babies when one wakes up at night. Try to sleep when your babies do.

Managing stress

Don’t forget that you need to be taken care of, too. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is completely normal. Be sure to find time for sleep, to be alone, and to pursue your own interests.

Mothers of multiples are more likely than other mothers to suffer from “baby blues” and postpartum depression. Baby blues may leave you feeling weepy, easily upset, or excessively worried. These feelings may last for a couple of days, but for some new mothers can go on for several weeks.

In postpartum depression, these symptoms are more severe and longer lasting. Get the help of an expert if your symptoms persist.

Managing relationships

The demands placed on parents of multiples strain the best of relationships. With all your energy directed toward your children, there’s often little left over for each other — yet this is just when you need each other most. Try to give each other breaks when you can and to ask what your partner needs each day. It can be very helpful to have an outlet for expressing your feelings.

It’s important that you do what you can to keep some couple time. Because it’s often hard to leave multiples with one sitter, you might need to get creative.

Learning and behavior

Social skills can come earlier for multiples, simply because they’ve always been with siblings, but they may do less well in other groups. Parents may encounter problems separating multiples, so it’s a good idea to occasionally separate them even at an early age. Also try to introduce other people into the mix, including other kids and adults. Still, multiples are built-in playmates for one another, and from early on it’s apparent that their relationship is special.



Dr. Ramanathan

Medical Director and Consultant in Pediatrics and Neonatology

Aster Hospital, Mankhool.


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