COMMON MYTHS IN BREASTFEEDING

Newer generation mothers always face difficulties in balancing between old myths and modern lifestyle, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. Living in joint families has its benefits but it can become a stress at times as generation-old myths can be a headache. Trust me, most myths about breastfeeding are false. Here are few common ones.

Myth- Mother must eat only bland foods while breastfeeding.

Truth- By the time the foods you eat have been digested and used to make breast milk, the potentially upsetting elements have been broken down and should not affect your baby at all. i.e. if you eat cabbage or some fermented foods, it is unlikely that it will make your baby gassy. Do not change your feeding habits. The most important thing is Keep yourself well hydrated.

Myth- Breastfeeding causes pain and sore nipples.

Truth- The fact is that such discomfort is usually a result of an improper latch and so entirely preventable. Learn to latch correctly with your paediatrician and gynaecologist or some breast feeding expert.

Myth- Should not nurse if you have blocked ducts.

Truth- Best way to treat blocked duct is to nurse as often as you can to prevent retention of milk inside and thereby the resulting infections. Besides frequent nursing, apply hot fomentation before nursing. If you develop infection as perceived by redness of tenderness, consult your gynaecologist.

Myth: If a woman has symptoms of cold, cough or fever, she refrains from breastfeeding.

Truth: There are very few situations in which a mother is advised against breastfeeding. Generally, when a mother has a mild cough, cold and fever, she can safely breastfeed her baby. However, there may be some cases when a mother may not be able to feed the baby directly if she is really unwell. In this case she can give expressed breast milk to the baby. Once she gets enough rest and is a little better, she can get resume breastfeeding. When the mother has a cold, she produces antibodies that pass-through breast milk. This, in fact, protects the baby.

It is surely best to consult your doctor when you are in doubt. Include counselling sessions, in your post-natal care and this can help tackle stress.

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