This breastfeeding week, it’s time to bust myths!
What is Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is the practice of giving your infant breast milk directly from your breast. It is also known as nursing. The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. It’s also one that will elicit reactions from friends and relatives.
The frequency with which you should nurse your infant is determined by whether your kid likes little, frequent meals or longer feedings. As your child develops, this will alter. Newborns frequently require feedings every 2-3 hours. Feeding every 3-4 hours is usual by 2 months, and most infants feed every 4-5 hours by 6 months.
You and your baby are unique, and the decision to breastfeed is up to you.
But, with so many people giving so many opinions, busting the myths is ever so important. Thus, find the top 5 myths that people just casually throw around without little consideration of the mom and the baby.
1. Myth? Breastfeeding is easy.
Babies are born with the instinct to seek their mother’s breast. However, many moms want practical assistance in placing their infant for nursing and ensuring that their baby is properly latched to the breast. Breastfeeding requires time and practice on the part of both moms and newborns. Breastfeeding takes time, so moms want space and support at home and at work.
2. Myth? Breastfeeding causes pain.
Many moms endure difficulty during the first few days after giving birth while they learn to nurse. Sore nipples can be prevented with the appropriate help in placing their infant for breastfeeding and ensuring their baby is correctly latched to the breast. If a mother experiences nursing difficulties such as painful nipples, support from a lactation consultant or other skilled professional can help them overcome the issue.
3. Myth? You should wash your nipples before breastfeeding.
It is not required to wash your nipples before nursing. Babies are already quite familiar with their mother’s odors and noises when they are born. The nipples create a material that the infant smells and contains “good bacteria” that aids in the development of the baby’s own healthy immune system for life.
4. Myth? You should separate a newborn and mother to let the mother rest.
Skin-to-skin care, also known as kangaroo mother care, is frequently encouraged by doctors, nurses, and midwives shortly after birth. Bringing your baby into immediate touch with you, so their skin is on yours, is a critical technique that will assist them in finding and attaching to the breast. It helps to establish breastfeeding if you can try this within one hour of delivery and then on a regular basis after that. If the mother is unable to do so, the spouse or another family member can step in.
5. Myth? You should only eat plain food while breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding women need to maintain a healthy diet just like everyone else. There is often no need to alter eating habits. From the moment they are born, babies are exposed to their mothers’ eating habits. It is essential to seek professional advice if a woman believes that her infant reacts to a certain meal she consumes.
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