13 Myths About Breastfeeding
For some new mommies, when they are pregnant or just after they have their babies, close friends, relatives, and family may tend to give them some breastfeeding advice related to breastfeeding. However, that advice may not always be based on the truth. Many new breastfeeding moms still don’t quest how to the more experienced friends and family. So, it can confuse.
As a new mother, of course, often hear a lot of information or advice from others about how to care for the right baby, food to be consumed, to how to breastfeed. But sometimes the advice or information is a myth that is not proven true. Because the nutritional adequacy of maternal food must have a significant effect on the quality of breastmilk given. Naturally, the nursing mothers are looking for information about the types and foods that are most appropriate for. Unfortunately, sometimes this information is contrary to the myths about breastfeeding that has long been developing in society.
In the modern era, it turns out that there are still many people who believe in myths about breastfeeding or ‘people say first’. Now, information is very easily accessed via the internet. When getting advice from others, parents must be active in confirming and searching for the correct info. It’s better to trust trusted sources of information such as doctors, trusted organizations or parenting sites, not just blog posts or social media uploads without mentioning the clear sources.
Some familiar myths about breastfeeding. These should be abandoned because they are not proven to be true.
- Small breasts produce less milk
You may have heard this myth, right? This myth certainly makes mothers who have small breasts worry about not being able to provide enough milk for their babies. But this statement is just a myth. The amount of breast milk produced has no relation with breast size. Both small and large breasts, both can produce abundant milk. The more often the mother feeds the baby, the more milk is produced.
- Babies who are given breast milk with a bottle will reject the mother’s breast
This is also not entirely true. Many babies breastfeed from the breast and bottle alternately without any problems. As long as the bottle is introduced after the baby has advanced breastfeeding directly from the mother’s breast, usually around the age of 2 months.
- Lack of breast milk because babies often feed
Seeing babies suckle frequently, maybe you have commented that your baby is breastfed so she continues to suckle. Breast milk is indeed the baby’s main food until he is 6 months old. Compared with formula milk, breast milk is more easily absorbed by the baby so the baby will feel hungry sooner.
- Breastfeeding must wait for full breasts
One of the popular suggestions for breastfeeding is a mother has to wait a while for the breast replenishing with breast milk. This is certainly just a myth because the mother’s breasts always produce milk so they can breastfeed anytime without having to be scheduled. The more empty the breast, the faster the milk is produced. Conversely, if the breast is in full condition, then the milk production will slow down by itself.
- Drinking milk makes more milk
When breastfeeding mothers do need a lot of healthy and nutritious food and drinks to produce good milk. But good nutrition does not have to be obtained by drinking milk. Mothers can get calcium from other sources such as vegetables, fish and beans.
- Breastmilk allergic babies
Breast milk is the baby’s most natural food. If after breastfeeding the baby shows allergy symptoms, it does not mean he is allergic to breastmilk but allergic to unusual proteins founded in breastmilk substances. To overcome this, mothers need to avoid certain types of food so that your child is not allergic.
- Sick mothers do not breastfeed
Sick mothers are still encouraged to breastfeed. When the body aches the mother will form antibodies to fight the disease by itself, these antibodies can also be delivered to the baby through breast milk. However, if you are sick and need to take medication, you should consult your doctor about drugs that are safe for nursing mothers.
- Breastfeeding mothers can only eat ‘tasteless’ food
It is true that nursing mothers must pay attention to what they eat. Mothers can eat their favorite food, as long as it does not cause an effect on maternal health (such as foods that can cause allergies). There are even distinct advantages for mothers who don’t have too many taboos when breastfeeding. Also, making mothers happy is the priority as they can eat a variety of foods and reduce stress so milk production smoother. Later, it will not make babies grow up as choosy food children, because it has been introduced with a variety of flavors.
- Eating more fishes
Eating fish will make breast milk fishy. So breastfeeding mothers should avoid fish while they are breastfeeding. The fact is fish is one of the best and beneficial foods for nursing mothers. The substances of omega 3 fatty acids in fish, especially saltwater fish is important for baby brain development, strengthening cell walls, preventing coronary heart disease and controlling the level of cholesterol in the blood. Make sure the fishes are in fresh condition and also obtained from non-polluted water sources. Cook the fish well done.
- Spicy food
Nursing mothers who consume spicy foods can cause baby diarrhea. When observing the digestive process of food, after food is digested in the large intestine, only the food extracts will be absorbed by the body. It means that the spicy taste of the capsaicinoid enzyme found in chili will not be absorbed by the body. Nursing mothers should avoid consuming spicy foods excessively because it is feared that the mother will get diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration in addition to being harmful to the mother will also interfere with the process of giving breast milk to babies.
- Never consuming sour foods
Acidic foods include foods that should be avoided by nursing mothers because babies can get stomach aches. The fact is the same as in spicy food. Not always what is eaten by the mother will immediately become breast milk and consumed directly by the baby. The body has processed that the composition of breast milk must have fulfilled the baby’s needs. If breastfeeding mothers have a medical record of stomach ulcers, you should not consume excessively.
- Consume ice
Often nursing mothers are not allowed not to drink ice. The reason is the ice will make the mother’s body temperature cool, so the milk that comes out of the mother is cold. This thought is completely untrue. How hot or cold food enters the body, healthy normal human body temperature will still be around 37˚Celsius. Nursing mothers should consume ice in a normal amount. In order not to cause cold temperature allergies such as colds or coughs.
- After returning to work, the baby must be weaned immediately
This myth is not true. If the mothers are committed to milk the baby, they can still give milk to the baby for as long as she wants. Mothers can express every 2 to 3 hours in working time. Mothers continue to breastfeed in the morning before leaving and at night. This will keep the mother’s milk production from diminishing after returning to work. Start saving breast milk before going to work.
Some information about breastfeeding obtained is sometimes a concern for mothers. Not infrequently it’s just a myth that has evolved from generation to generation. Be smarter to filter and take the true info, moms!