Myths about breastfeeding

I think there should be nothing more special than the bond that is formed as a mother breastfeeding her baby. Breastfeeding is a magical time for both mother and child, where their bond was narrow and intertwined.

The fact that many of the women who have decided to breastfeed their children finally must desist rather than doubts, to false beliefs and myths inherited.

These are some of the common myths:

1. My chest is small, can not be making enough milk. False. Breast size is defined by the amount of fat. Production depends only stimulus to make baby more breast sucking and when you give, you generate more milk production.

2. Flat or inverted nipples make breastfeeding impossible. False. Newborns do not engage only the nipple, Doing so will damage the same. It is right that with his mouth covering the entire areola.

3. The first milk is not enough to eat. False. At first the colostrum (first milk) is all you need the neonate breast and often demand. Furthermore, the mother also passes through the first milk antibodies to boost your immune system.

4. To produce more milk, I have to drink lots of milk. False. Milk have more or less depends on the chest drain, no food being consumed.

5. You have to wait for 3 hours before returning to breastfeed to be “recharged”. False. It is just the opposite. The child must be fed many times as he wants (breastfeeding on demand).

6. If the baby takes the breast when he wants it can damage the stomach. False. If the baby is breast demand because of hunger and need. Impose strict schedules and quantities that do not adapt to the needs of the child is what can generate irritability and discomfort.

7. If the baby is still crying after breastfeed is because they stay hungry. False. Babies cry for many reasons, not necessarily have to be for insufficient milk. Eventually able to identify the reasons that can cause your child’s crying.

8. I did not notice the chest ‘full’, you may not have enough milk. False. Over time, it is normal to feel less bloated chest, but this does not mean they make less milk.

9. I have enough milk because breast pump with very little extract. False. With the breast pump is not possible to calculate the amount of milk you produce. The baby always extracts much more.

10. When menstruation is back to breastfeeding. False. You will keep taking milk as long as you breastfeed.

11. If I take medication I can not breastfeed. False. With some exceptions, you can breastfeed taking medication. Currently there is a website where you can check that drugs are compatible with breastfeeding and what are not.

12. If the baby is not gaining weight as expected, is not feeding well. False. Every baby has a different growth rate. The growth pattern is indicative, but not have to follow all the same.

13. If I get pregnant while breastfeeding, I have to stop breast feeding my child. False. It is a decision for each woman. You can continue to breastfeed your child even at birth the new family member. That if you give priority to the smallest.

14. After 6 months and should not breastfeed. False. Both the World Health Organization and the Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommend the addition of complementary foods to breastfeeding at 6 months, but in no way discouraged eliminate breastfeeding. In fact, if you want you can continue breastfeeding her child up to 2 years.

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