World Breastfeeding Week. Myths and realities

World Breastfeeding Week. Myths and realities

6 out of 10 babies in the world are missing the first 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding that we recommend from UNICEF and WHO.

TheBenefits of breastfeeding both for children as for themothers They are very numerous: it contributes to healthy brain development in infants and young children, protects them against infections, lowers the risk of obesity and disease, reduces health care costs, and helps prevent breast and ovarian cancer.

However,6 out of 10 babies in the world are missing the first 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding that we recommend from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). There are also no policies in most countries to support this practice, with measures such as paid parental leave and breastfeeding breaks at work.

From August 1 to 7, the Breastfeeding Week takes place

Below we disprove some of themost widespread myths about breastfeeding.

  1. Breastfeeding is easy. Babies are born with the reflex to seek their mother's breast. However, many mothers need practical help positioning their baby for breastfeeding and ensuring that he latches on properly. Breastfeeding takes time and practice for both mothers and babies. Moms need space and support at home and at work.
  2. It's normal for breastfeeding to hurt. Many mothers experience discomfort during the first days after birth, when they are learning to breastfeed. A lactation consultant, or other qualified professional, can help you overcome a problem of poor latch on and sore nipples.
  3. The mother should wash her nipples before breastfeeding. It is not necessary to wash your nipples before breastfeeding. Babies are very familiar with the smells and sounds of their own mother from birth. The nipples produce a substance that the baby smells and has "good bacteria" that help develop the immune system of the little ones.
  4. The newborn must be separated from the mother so that she can rest. Doctors, nurses, and midwives often encourage skin-to-skin practice, also known as kangaroo care, immediately after birth. Taking the baby and putting it very close, without clothes in between, is a very important practice that helps it find and stick to the breast. If it can be done in the first hour of life and frequently thereafter, it helps establish breastfeeding. If the mother cannot, then it is up to the partner or another family member.
  5. The mother should only eat fresh food while breastfeeding. Like anyone, breastfeeding mothers should eat a balanced diet. In general, you should not change your eating habits. Babies are exposed to their mothers' food preferences from the time they are in the womb. If a mother perceives that her baby might have a food intolerance or allergy, it is best to consult a specialist.
  6. Exercising affects the taste of breast milk. Exercise is healthy, also for breastfeeding mothers. There is no evidence that it affects the taste of your milk.
  7. The mother will not be able to breastfeed if she does not breastfeed from the first moment. It is easier to establish breastfeeding if it is practiced from the first hour after birth, since a baby's reflexes are very strong at that time. If, due to any circumstance, the mother cannot, she must do it another time, but as soon as possible. If you need help with a good position and grip, you should enlist the help of a consultant. Frequent skin-to-skin contact and putting the baby to the breast will help to keep breastfeeding.
  8. Formula should never be used if you want to breastfeed. Mothers may decide that they need to use formula milk on occasion while they are breastfeeding. It is important to seek unbiased information on formula and other breast milk substitute products. To maintain milk supply, the mother should breastfeed her baby as often as possible.
  9. Many mothers don't make enough milk. Almost all mothers produce the correct amount of milk for their babies. Breast milk production is determined by how the baby's latch is established, the frequency of breastfeeding, and how well the baby expresses milk at each feeding. Breastfeeding is not a “one woman's” job. Mothers need support. Support in the form of: ongoing breastfeeding guidance from qualified staff, help at home, and staying healthy by eating and drinking well.
  10. The mother should not breastfeed if she is sick. Depending on the type of disease, mothers can generally continue to breastfeed. They must make sure, of course, that they get the right treatment and rest, eat and drink well. In many cases, the antibodies that your body generates to treat your illness or disease will be transmitted to the baby, who will build his own defenses.
  11. The mother cannot take any medicine if she is breastfeeding. It is important to inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding and to read the instructions for any drugs that are purchased without a prescription. The mother may need to take medicine at a certain time or in a specific dose. You should also inform the pediatrician.
  12. Babies who have been breastfed are dependent. All babies are different. Some are more dependent than others, no matter how they are fed. Not only does breastfeeding provide the best nutrition for babies, it is also important for their developing brain. Breastfed babies spend more time in their arms, and therefore, breastfeeding has been shown to improve bonding with their mother.
  13. It is difficult to wean a baby if you drink breast milk for more than a year. There is no evidence that it is more difficult to stop breastfeeding after one year, but there is evidence that breastfeeding up to 2 years is beneficial for both mothers and children.
  14. When she goes back to work, the mother will have to wean her baby. Many mothers continue to breastfeed after going to work after maternity leave. First, the mother must inform herself about national policies and her workplace. If you have the right to a time and place to breastfeed during business hours, you can go home and breastfeed, ask a family member or friend to bring your baby, or express milk and take it home. If you do not have the option of breastfeeding during work hours, you will have to find times during the day to express your milk and then feed it to your baby when you are at home. If you decide to have your baby bottle feed a few times a day, it will still be very good if you continue to breastfeed when you are with him. He Perfect 5 bottle it is a good alternative because it adapts to the baby's sucking rhythm.

Source: Unicef

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