In Spain, most support groups initiate breastfeeding celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the first Sunday of October in order to educate prospective parents, pregnant women, health professionals and the general public about the advantages of this natural practice.
The World Breastfeeding Week this year is presented under the theme "Breastfeeding: a win for life 'and reaffirms the importance of building and maintaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
There are some myths about breastfeeding we would dismount:
- You have to eat more to have more milk. Milk production is not dependent on the diet, if you can influence their quality but not in production, as it uses the fat reserves of the mother. During pregnancy a reserve of fat occurs to ensure, after delivery, the baby food is adequate.
- You need to drink a lot of milk to produce more milk. Milk production depends on two hormones and these in turn to the suction and stimulation of the infant on the teat, so that the baby sucks the more and more frequently as do occur, regardless of the amount of consumed milk.
- Sure you will not have enough milk. Currently the lack of milk is a serious problem called "hypogalactia" in our midst, it is uncommon, just go on to develop about 1% of women and it is hard not to have milk.
- With flat nipples you can not breastfeed. Breastfeeding can be given provided that you may have a breast, a nipple and win, regardless of how this is, the baby is able to suck any, just a little more patience and help is required.
- The chest will drop me. The chest does not fall due to breastfeeding, but to the loss of elasticity of the tissues, mainly due to hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy, the solution is to use a good bra that allows the chest is well supported.
On the contrary, these are some of the benefits of breastfeeding for the baby:
- Provides a balanced diet and contains antibodies that make it the first child vaccine.
- Breast-fed babies have a higher IQ by 8-10 points the rest.
- Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of sudden death.
- Promotes the release of growth hormone.
- Facilitates the development of the bones of the palate, jaws and teeth.
- Protects against degenerative vascular diseases in adulthood.
- Strengthens the mother-child bond.
We all should continue to support breastfeeding, breastfeeding women and their babies in order to standardize this practice to retrieve the place that never had to leave.