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Truth and breastfeeding myths


There are many myths about breastfeeding. Some argue that it is very difficult to breastfeed and not every woman will cope with this task, others - on the contrary, it is very convenient, useful and generally brings sheer pleasure. Only truth, as we know, is always somewhere in the middle.

The fact is that the life of a young mother is not easy and carefree, regardless of whether she feeds her baby or not. Nevertheless, the proper organization of breastfeeding greatly facilitates some tasks and saves a lot of time for the mother (and this is an extremely positive effect on the health of the child). So how does reality differ from what is written on the Internet?

Feeding causes pain and discomfort

Everyone knows about it who read Anna Karenina. Only in reality classics and even mothers, grandmothers, midwives can be wrong. Breastfeeding should not cause unpleasant sensations: many mothers complain about this, but the reasons for the pain are incorrect attachment, shortened bridle, infections, or even all together. When a woman learns how to properly apply a crumb to her breast or cure, these symptoms will disappear.

Milk often ends by 3 months.

One of the main problems of nursing mothers is not enough milk. This would not have been so much talk if the doctors would not recommend feeding by the hour. After several weeks in this mode, the milk is really not enough.

Only where will it come from, if its quantity is directly influenced by how often the baby sucks the breast? Here there is a direct relationship, similar to the principle of supply and demand. If it is simpler, the more milk goes, the more will come.

Of course, in another way, too: mothers often have problems with hormones, so no effort can help increase the production of breast milk. Even in such a difficult situation, you can continue lactation, even if you need supplementation.

Baby will constantly "hang" on his chest

Nursing mothers often lead the same life as everyone else: many work and even drive around on business trips, get an education and write a dissertation. To breastfeed, it is not necessary to sit around the clock with a tot. The only thing is up to about 6 months of age and the crumbs and the truth will be difficult to move somewhere more than a couple of hours.

If you breastfeed, it will hang

Not true. Whether breast loses its shape or not, depends more on other factors: skin elasticity, the presence of bad habits (especially smoking), age, number of kilograms gained during pregnancy, and weight loss rate. So that the bust may lose elasticity due to pregnancy, but not due to feeding the baby.

If you breastfeed your baby, it will not allow parents to sleep at night.

Kids can constantly wake up. Only this parameter is purely individual and hardly depends on the peculiarities of nutrition. However, breastmilk is really digested faster than the mixture, and even a crumb can ask for a supplement. It is also important to remember that nighttime breastfeeding is necessary for both the child and his mother: at night, the maximum amount of the hormone prolactin is formed, which, along with oxytocin, supports the production of breast milk.

In other words, night feeds will help to avoid the very lack of milk that everyone is so worried about. However, in this case, the question arises: how to get enough sleep? Immediately a counter question arises: where does the opinion that nursing mothers do not sleep all night long come from? Scientists investigated the rhythms of sleep in newly born women and came to the opposite results. It turned out that lactating mothers sleep more, although they often have to wake up to get to the toddler. They also have better quality of sleep, namely, the duration of the deep phase is longer than that of mothers who feed infant formulas: 182 minutes versus 62 (in the control group - 86).

It's amazing how nursing moms do it. The secret is that they often choose to sleep together - not in the same bed with a peanut, but, for example, with the use of an added cot (the baby is always close by - added cots for newborns). So women can give their breasts in half asleep, even without getting up, and then immediately fall asleep (the produced prolactin also ensures a strong, healthy sleep). In the meantime, mothers who feed infant formulas are forced to stand, warm up, feed. Only after all these manipulations can try to fall asleep.

Nursing mom must follow strict diets

Another myth that does not hold water. Mom breastfeeding, you can eat everything (only vegetables and fruits are better to choose seasonal). Sausages, canned foods, colas and other obviously harmful products should be excluded from the diet, which are not recommended to everyone else. Plus, the first 2 months after birth, it is better not to use anything dairy.

The need for restrictions appears only when the baby signs of allergies. Even in this case, the mother does not need to immediately switch to buckwheat with turkey and clean water. First, you should abandon the most common allergens: milk, chicken, nuts, honey. An important nuance: the mother’s menu does not always become the root of the problem - often even a strict diet does not help, because allergic reactions cause various reasons. It can be concluded that the varied diet of the mother during breastfeeding prevents the development of allergies in the child.

—Not every woman can feed with milk, some initially “not dairy”.

No, it is not. Breastfeeding can be adjusted by every woman, regardless of body size, type of delivery, or age. In establishing lactation is very important psychological attitude. If mom has fear, perhaps unconsciously, of losing her attractiveness or becoming overwhelmed, she is highly likely to have problems with GW. Conversely, if the mother is set up for long-term breastfeeding, she will succeed. In addition to the desire, for the mother is important to support relatives and maximum information about breastfeeding - about the technique of applying the baby, about the poses, about the lactational crisis, etc.

- Breast milk does not always have the same composition.

Yes it's true. The composition of breast milk differs at different age periods of the child, moreover, it differs at different times of the day, and even in the process of one feeding. The first, the so-called "front", at the beginning of feeding, milk, is rich in milk sugar - lactose. It is translucent, rich in water-soluble minerals and proteins - the baby gets the liquid he needs. The “back” milk coming in the middle and the end of feeding is thicker, yellowish, contains more fat and perfectly nourishes. It is important that the child receives both “front” and “back”. To this end, it is recommended to offer the child only one breast for 2-3 hours, regardless of the number of attachments, and in the next 2-3 hours - the other.

- The introduction of complementary foods leads to a decrease in the production of breast milk.

No, with the proper and timely introduction of complementary foods, there is no sharp decrease in lactation, and the baby does not refuse from the breast. As the feeding increases, the amount of milk may decrease, because it is produced “on demand”, and the child’s need for it gradually decreases. But this is a physiological process, the baby will not be hungry.

- Breast milk after a year does not bear any benefit for the child.

Although milk is not the only food for this period for a baby, it remains healthy. After a year of feeding, its fat content increases 2-3 times, the amount of protective antibodies and substances that contribute to the maturation of the child's digestive tract increases. According to WHO and UNICEF research on breastfeeding, children who have been breastfed for a long time have a higher level of intelligence, successful social adaptation, are less likely to suffer from allergies and recover faster.

- If for some reason you are forced to temporarily stop breastfeeding, then it is impossible to restore lactation after the break.

It is possible, most importantly, to maintain milk production during the break. To do this, drink plenty of fluids and be sure to decant regularly. Inspire with positive stories about relactation, if you do not have the opportunity to see the baby - put a photo of him in front of you, think about how important your milk is for him. After the break, frequent attachments to the breast will also help to resume HB.

It is important that the baby does not lose interest in the breast: use the correct nipples for bottles when feeding, from which food does not flow, but comes when the child makes an effort.

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The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. Humana fully supports this recommendation. Please consult your pediatrician or midwife if you want to use baby milk formulas.

MYTH. Milk should appear immediately after giving birth.

The nature is arranged so that soon after the birth of the baby, colostrum, the forerunner of real milk, begins to be produced in the mother's breast. Colostrum contains significantly less water, it is thick, concentrated and saturated with immunoglobulins and other substances needed by the child in the first days.

The amount of colostrum is extremely small, but it is quite enough for the baby, and the fact that it loses weight is a natural process if this loss is no more than 10% of the initial weight of the child. Milk usually begins to be produced 3-5 days after birth.

MYTH. The child himself must know how to take the breast.

Theoretically, it should, but in practice, for some reason, very often the baby captures the nipple incorrectly, it is difficult for him to suck, and my mother starts having problems with the breast - injuries, very painful cracks. Pediatricians argue that the correct capture of the baby is easier to teach if it is applied to the chest within an hour after birth.

Much also depends on the shape of the nipples and the individual characteristics of the baby. From the first days it is necessary to ensure that the baby takes the breast correctly - it captures not only the nipple itself, but also the halo around it.

MYTH / TRUTH. Nursing mom should be on a strict diet

Hardly reduce the diet may only be needed in the first week or two of feeding, and later gradually add familiar foods, but without fanaticism, of course. As a rule, it is recommended to abstain from three months from products that can cause an allergic reaction, whole milk, preservation and products that the mother itself does not perceive well.

So, if mother gets puffed up from cabbage, and weak from beets, a child may have a similar reaction. After three months, you can add other products, while monitoring the reaction of the child and not abuse, for example, chocolate or coffee. Unfortunately, or fortunately, mother's diet rarely affects the presence or absence of infant colic.

Mom's diet depends largely on the age of the child and on his state of health.

Infant development (Photo: CFA Burda)

MYTH. Need to decant to have more milk.

Milk in the breast of the mother produces as much as her baby needs. But this principle works, if you feed the child on demand, including night feeding is considered mandatory - it is at night that prolactin is especially actively produced.

If there is not enough milk, first of all, you should make sure that this is true - the baby is crying, gaining weight poorly, you can test for wet diapers. Pediatricians recommend putting the baby more often, analyze your diet - perhaps you do not have enough liquid to produce milk, and perhaps the process has just not been adjusted and you should wait until you stop feeding on demand.

MYTH / TRUTH. If you give the child a bottle, he will refuse

Indeed, if a baby, especially in the first month of life, is taught to the bottle, it will be quite difficult to return to breastfeeding. However, even if it is temporarily necessary to suspend breastfeeding, it is important to use the right modern accessories - bottles with special nipples that simulate breastfeeding, which allow you to return to traditional breastfeeding over time.

Mother with Baby (photo: Fotolia)

MYTH. Milk is too fat, the child will suffer from obesity in the future.

It is not uncommon for babies with a good appetite to gain weight, ahead of all pediatric norms. In this case, doubts may occur - and not whether it is harmful to the child. All the studies that were conducted by scientists in this field clearly state that if a child is not fed anything, then he will not have obesity solely on breast milk.

As soon as the baby begins to get acquainted with other foods (the WHO recommends starting feeding after 6 months), and also becomes more mobile, the weight will stabilize. True, some experts associate the intensity and duration of colic with the rapid weight gain of an infant, although there is no reliable evidence of this fact.

Editorial opinion may not coincide with the opinion of the author of the article.