14 Lies about breastfeeding
I think there is nothing more special than the bond that is created when a mother breastfeeds her baby. Breastfeeding is a magical moment for both the mother and the child, where their emotional bonds are tightened and intertwined.
The fact that many women who had decided during the pregnancy to breastfeed their children finally desist is due, more than doubts, to the false beliefs machined by neighbors, friends, mothers or mothers-in-law.
That is why today we want to make this video to deny, once and for all, and reasoned, the myths about breastfeeding more widespread:
1. My chest is small, I may not make enough milk.
False. The size of the chest is marked by the amount of fat. The production of milk depends solely on the stimulation that the baby makes when sucking. The more breast you give, the more milk you make.
2. The first milk does not feed enough.
False. At first, colostrum (which is what is called the first milk) is all that the newborn needs if you breastfeed frequently, on demand. In addition, the mother also passes through that first milk antibody to boost your immune system.
3. To produce more milk, I have to drink lots of milk.
False. Having more or less milk depends on the emptying of the breast, not what you eat, the more you empty your breast in each intake, the more milk you produce.
4. Flat or inverted nipples make breastfeeding impossible.
False. Newborns do not get caught just from the nipple. If so, they would harm him. The correct thing is that with your mouth cover the entire areola.
5. Let 3 hours pass before breastfeeding again to refill.
False. It is just the opposite. The child has to be fed as many times as he wants, is what is known as breastfeeding on demand.
6. If the baby continues crying after breastfeeding it is because he was hungry.
False. Babies cry for many reasons, it does not necessarily have to be because they have been left hungry. Over time you will identify the reasons that may cause your child to cry.
7. If the infant suckles the breast when it wants, it can damage the stomach.
False. If the baby asks for breast it is because he is hungry and he needs it. To impose very strict schedules and amounts that do not adapt to the needs of the child is what can cause irritability and discomfort.
8. I have little milk, because with the sacaleche sac very little amount.
False. With the breast pump it is not possible to calculate the amount of milk you produce. The baby always extracts a lot more.
9. I no longer notice the 'full' breast, I may not have enough milk.
False. Over time, it is normal to feel less swollen breast, but this does not mean that less milk is produced.
10. If I take medication I can not breastfeed.
False. With few exceptions, you can breast-feed by taking medication. Currently there is a website (www.e-lactancia.org) where you can check which medicines are compatible with breastfeeding and which are not.
11. When menstruation returns, it is the end of breastfeeding.
False. You will continue to have milk as long as you continue breastfeeding your baby.
12. If the baby does not gain weight as expected, it is not well fed.
False. Each newborn has a different growth rate. The pattern of growth is indicative, but they do not have to follow it all equally.
13. If I get pregnant during breastfeeding, I have to stop breastfeeding my child.
False. It is a decision of every woman. You can continue breastfeeding your child even when the new family member is born. That yes, you should give priority to the smallest.
14. You must stop breastfeeding at 6 months.
False. Both the World Health Organization and the Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommend the incorporation of foods in addition to breastfeeding after 6 months, but in no way discourage breastfeeding. In fact, if you want you can continue breastfeeding the child until you both want.