This is the second part of the myths and realities about breastfeeding, in the first part we talked about the myths related to the mother, you can see the link here
In this second part, we will talk about the myths related to breast milk.
Myth: Colostrum is yellow because it has remained in the mammary gland for a long time and has been spoiled, so it must be discarded.
Colostrum is the first milk produced by the mother until 3 to 5 days after the child is born. It is produced in a very small amount and is a yellowish and thick color. It is a laxative and special food that helps immunize children from various diseases also referred to as the first baby’s vaccine.
Colostrum constitutes a barrier against infections, establishes the bacterial flora in the digestive system, constitutes the immune system and its growth factors
It is also very important if the baby is born prematurely, that he can feed on his mother’s colostrum either through extractions with a breast pump and offering with a syringe, cup, or the method most recommended by the pediatrician.
The yellow color of colostrum is not because it has been spoiled, this characteristic color is thanks to that it is rich in beta-carotene
Properties of colostrum.
- It contains immunoglobulin (g, a, m) which are factors that intervene in the defense against infections.
- It has leukocytes lymphocytes and neutrophils which help in the defense of viruses and bacteria.
- It also contains amino acids, natural growth factors, cytokines, glycoproteins,
lysozyme, lymphokines, and sulfur, these nutrients will immunize the baby
from diseases and allergies.
Another thing that worries mothers a lot, especially first-time mothers and those who do not have health personnel trained in lactation, who can inform them, is the amount of milk produced by their body since colostrum comes out in very little quantity, but this is something that should not be a matter of concern, since the stomach of a newborn is very small, and the amount produced by the mother is suitable for her baby
The reality of this myth is that colostrum contains nutrients and antibodies that strengthen the child’s immune system, and its yellow color is due to its richness in beta-carotene and should not be discarded.
Myth: the child should not suck from the nipple until the milk is white.
This myth is closely related to the previous one, since it is believed that colostrum is not good, but as we said earlier, this is totally false, in addition, the ideal is that the baby be placed in the breast of his mother at birth to begin breastfeeding or if this is not possible, it should not exceed 30 to 60 minutes of life
At birth, they are fully prepared to breastfeed, and put them on their mother breasts, make skin-to-skin contact is excellent to achieve a successful breastfeeding.
The reality of this myth is that regardless of the color of the milk, the child should begin to suck as soon as possible.
Myth: breast milk does not have enough vitamins and minerals to meet the child’s nutritional requirements.
Breastfeeding is the only food capable of covering all the nutrients the child needs up to 6 months of age, then it constitutes an important supplement apart from food until 2 years or more
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months and lengthens until 2 years or until the mother and child with it
In order for mothers to initiate and maintain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, the World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend:
- That breastfeeding begins in the first hour of life, that the infant only
receives breast milk without any other food or drink, not even water.
- Breastfeeding is offered at free demand, that means, as often as the child wants, both day and night.
- Do not use bottles, teats, and pacifiers.
The reality of this myth is that breast milk has enough nutrients to ensure the overall development and optimal growth of the child.
Myth: you have to let plenty of time pass between each breastfeeding.
This myth is based on the fact that the breasts, when the baby is born, they’re filled up, they feel hard, the milk drips, all the clothes get wet, etc. and in a few weeks, when breastfeeding has been established, women begin to feel their breast really soft, “they are not filled as before” and they start to worry, but this is not bad, on the other way it means that the body finally regulates the amount of milk, it produces the amount needed for the baby. We will no longer suffer from the embarrassing runs of milk that wet all our clothes in public places
Because of that, many women began to think that it was necessary to leave a lot of time between each breastfeeding because when they did this they felt their breasts filled again, but that aside from being true is also counterproductive to the milk supply, since leave a lot of time between feedings the baby breastfeeds less and this causes our body to produce less milk (MORE SUCTION OF THE BABY, MEANS MORE PRODUCTION OF MILK).
The reality of this myth is that: you should not let much time pass between feedings since the production of milk occurs at the moment when the baby begins to suck. Having soft breasts does not mean that the baby is consuming less milk, you always have to check with the pediatrician, if the baby is rising well weight means that it is feeding properly.
Myth: Infant formulas are equivalent to breast milk
The reality of this myth is that no food can be compared to the properties of breast milk. Breast milk is the best for the baby, even most brands of infant formula worn it in its packaging.
These were some myths related to breast milk that still exist, I encourage you not to fall into them since believing in these myths can cause problems or the total abandonment of breastfeeding
If you know any other myth or have any questions about breastfeeding please leave it to me in the comments, I will be very happy to help you.
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