When it comes to feeding babies, many legends surround the thoughts of mothers who are breastfeeding.
When it comes to feeding babies, many legends surround the thoughts of mothers who are breastfeeding. It’s worth taking a few minutes to get informed and clear up any doubts before and during your child’s breastfeeding.
Any doubts can put the baby’s effective breastfeeding at risk. Well, one of the most frequent questions for mothers is: is there weak breast milk?
The answer is definitely no. Only if the mother’s malnutrition is extreme can this happen, but it is very difficult. Every mother produces the most suitable milk for her child, feeding him or her satisfactorily until the age of six months exclusively, even small breasted mothers.
The legend of weak milk may have been created by the fact that the baby may suck the mother’s breast incorrectly, making a great effort and not getting enough milk, leaving him still hungry. Incorrect sucking can cause less milk to flow, which is not satisfactory for the baby.
Another reason for the lower milk flow is incorrect breast suction as a result of the use of artificial nipples such as pacifiers and bottles that leave the position of the tongue different at the time of breast suction, causing insufficient milk withdrawal.
And there is still another factor that can go unnoticed: the baby must breastfeed until the breast is empty, and then move to the other breast. This is because the milk at the end has an important fat that helps the baby gain weight.
Can or can not? – There are other myths without a scientific basis, but which are so deeply rooted in popular culture and that they can mess with moms’ heads. The baby can, yes, burp at the breast without the mother being afraid that the milk will not flow anymore. If the baby burps in the chest, that’s okay, that’s normal.
Another myth out there is that you can’t throw excess expressed breast milk into running water because that way the milk runs out, it goes away. Lie. Expressed milk, if made correctly and donated to a milk bank, can help other hospitalized babies who need breastmilk, but if it is dumped under running water, nothing will happen to milk production.
Hojica, black beer, English water and other foods do not increase milk production. This is a most absurd myth. What makes a good breast milk is for the baby to suckle the breast correctly and a healthy diet.
Breasts with sore, cracked or hardened nipples are no reason to stop breastfeeding. These are conditions that must be taken care of and remedied for better breastfeeding.
Relax, Mom – Anxiety, stress, tiredness and pain can reduce milk production as these factors play hormones in the woman’s body that inhibit the loss of breast milk. If she gives the right to rest, to not want to receive visitors and to ask Dad for more effort to help with the housework. Breastfeeding in a quiet and quiet place helps even more this special moment for mom and baby.
With the help and guidance of specialized professionals, including pediatricians and speech therapists, and with great desire and affection, breastfeeding becomes very pleasurable for mother and baby. A true act of love.
If the mother thinks that her child is not breastfeeding well, seek help from the pediatrician who will be able to tell if the baby is doing well or not.
Mom’s milk is the best food for the baby. Don’t let another woman breastfeed your baby, as well as not being the best thing for him, many diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS are passed on to the baby through breast milk.
Breastfeeding is not as easy as it sounds, don’t be ashamed or frustrated if you need to ask for help.
If your pediatrician recommends powdered milk or formula, question and ask what else you can do before offering it.