11 lies about breastfeeding you should ignore

11 lies about breastfeeding you should ignore

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exist hundreds of myths related to human lactation and breast milk. Each country or region has its own, and sometimes these little lies make mothers doubt what they are doing.

From 'The fault of not being able to breastfeed the baby is due to the type of nipple' to the classic 'I do not produce enough milk and it is of poor quality'. Today we offer you 11 lies about breastfeeding you should ignore, because they jeopardize the success of breastfeeding with your baby.

    1. Being able to breastfeed is a matter of luck:
      There are undoubtedly situations that we cannot control, but in order to breastfeed the baby and to achieve the lactation we want, we can prepare for it, and pregnancy is the best time. Leave nothing to chance and get ready to be able to breastfeed your baby.
    2. Babies have to learn to suckle:
      Babies prepare in the womb to suckle. In fact, if you notice, once they are placed skin-to-skin with their mother, right after delivery, they know how to look for the nipple and start to suckle. It is a natural instinct, and no one needs to teach them. They are guided by smell and know how to suck to extract milk without problem.
    3. The nipple has to harden:
      The nipple is ready for lactation. It is not necessary to harden the nipple through massages or creams in pregnancy, and when we are already breastfeeding, if we have pain, we must ask for help as soon as possible.
    4. Colostrum is not enough to feed the baby:
      Colostrum is the baby's first shot. It is served in small quantities since there are large volumes of protective substances in it, which are going to be in charge of 'covering' the entire digestive tract of the baby and thus avoiding infections. Don't be afraid to feed your baby colostrum for the first few days. Even if it seems like a small amount, your baby will be getting enough food.
  1. If you cannot breastfeed for a long time, it is better not to start:
    Breast milk is a gift for health. If you can breastfeed one day, it is a gift; if you can a week, it's a gift; if you can a month, it is a gift. Each drop is a gift. Do not get obsessed or discouraged: it is best to offer him the milk you can for as long as you can.
  2. There are low-fat breast milk:
    Many moms think that their milk does not feed the baby and does not make their child fat because it is very liquid and does not have enough fat. Fat is the most variable component of breast milk. If you see little amount of fat in your expressed milk, you should not worry, your milk is perfect for your child.
  3. If you have a fever, you cannot breastfeed:
    If you are sick or have mastitis, there is no risk of breastfeeding. The milk is not spoiled or bad. In fact, if you have mastitis, the best idea is to breastfeed frequently.
  4. You cannot smoke if you breastfeed:
    No one should smoke, tobacco is a harmful habit and it is very important not to smoke during pregnancy. If you cannot stop smoking while breastfeeding, it is preferable to continue breastfeeding with precautions such as smoking outside the home, with different clothes and hair tied back. But it doesn't mean that you can't feed your baby by breastfeeding.
  5. The breast pump is used to measure milk production:
    The breast pump manages to "remove" very easily the milk that the baby has left in the breast, but there is no better breast pump than a baby. For what the breast pump achieves has nothing to do with how much milk the baby can get.
  6. There are some pills to cut the milk:
    Some famous pills are often prescribed to 'cut' the milk, but in reality they are not effective once breastfeeding is underway. If we want to wean, it is best to stop stimulating the breast little by little.
  7. At one year of the baby, milk does not provide defenses:
    Breast milk does not lose defenses, nor does it stop feeding. Breast milk is the only food that adapts and modifies as the baby grows. No matter how old you are, your milk will continue to give your baby health.

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