Are you a new mother and religiously breastfeed your child? Since the moment you started breastfeeding your baby, there have been your parents, your relatives, cousins, maybe even your salon stylist feeding you with advices and opinions. Some might be genuinely helpful, while some be completely medically irrelevant. Today, we shall talk about some of those common breastfeeding myths and how they hold no sense at all.
Small breasts do not produce enough milk keeping the baby hungry:
That makes absolutely no sense at all. Your breast size has nothing to do with the milk production. There is a breast tissue that functions to produce milk and the milk ducts are located there. Your breast size depends on the fatty tissue that has absolutely no relation to milk production.
Therefore mommies, no matter what your breast size is your baby won’t stay hungry.
Don’t nurse if you have a blocked duct or breast infection:
On the contrary, you should nurse your baby as frequently as you can, since this is the best way to clear out blocked duct and prevent breast infection. Ducts get blocked if your baby’s drinking pattern changes. When your baby crosses six months and they start feeding on solid foods, they might take longer naps at nights without feeding on breastmilk. This leads to blocked ducts. But even if you have a blocked duct, feeding won’t harm your baby.
Breastfeeding acts as a natural birth control:
There are many who might advise you to go for unprotected sex while you are breastfeeding. Never ever rely on breastfeeding as a natural sex contraceptive.
The above statement holds true only under certain criteria’s. Your baby is below six months and you have been exclusively breastfeeding your baby, your period hasn’t resumed, then the lactation amenorrhea method might be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. But in case, if any of these criteria are not met, breastfeeding does not act as a birth control.
You should not have spicy food when breastfeeding:
That is not entirely true. Experts say that the food you eat gets digested to produce breast milk and shouldn’t affect your baby at all. This means that if you’re eating vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli when breastfeeding, your baby will not get gassy. There is a research that says babies like garlicky milk.
There are certain foods like dairy products, peanuts, soy, and shellfish which if you eat might upset your baby’s stomach.
You must breastfeed your baby every two hours all through the day:
Not very true again. Babies have their own eating patterns. Some might fall under the two-hour routine, while for others, they may take longer or shorter intervals in feeding. You should check the number of diapers you are disposing through the day to know if your baby is getting enough.
If you have any questions, speak to the paediatrician or your obstetrician for suggestions.