This is the third part of the myths and facts related to breastfeeding, we are going to talk about the myths related to the baby’s needs.
If you want to read the first part check it out here: Myths and Facts of Breastfeeding – Part 1 – Related to the Mother.
If you want to read the second part check it out here: Myths and Facts of Breastfeeding – Part 2 – Related to the Breast Milk.
Myth: Using the bottle is safe for the child
Many people believe that giving the baby a bottle will not have any negative impact, but this is not totally true, the World Health Organization recommend not offering the baby a bottle or pacifiers to achieve a successful breastfeeding, and we already talked about this in the post about the pacifiers.
The bottle is usually introduced especially after the maternity leave of the mother has ended, if the mother is working, and the baby must be left in the care of another person. Or, when the mother wants to go out or just rest and another person may be able to feed the baby.
There is also the problem that the baby does not accept any type of bottle and only wants the breast of his mother, I will prepare a special post to explain what to do in these cases.
The bottle is always more comfortable and faster than offering the milk to the baby in a cup or syringe so it is always the first choice of parents.
If it is offered after breastfeeding has been well-established, and only in special cases, it will not cause problems with breastfeeding, but even so, the bottle can cause problems for the child in their teeth and jaw especially if its use is prolonged.
The ideal would be to move from the chest to the glass without going through the bottle, there are transition cups on the market for this.
The reality of this myth is that the prolonged use of the bottle affects the child’s teeth and speech.
Myth: the baby can be allergic to breast milk.
The reality of this myth is that there is no allergy to breast milk, what does exist is the allergy to cow’s milk protein, and this is solved by removing the products that contain it from the mother’s diet.
Myth: If the child has vomiting or diarrhea, breastfeeding should be stopped.
There are times when babies get sick and have vomiting or diarrhea, always remember in these cases to consult a specialist immediately. Never self-medicate and you should not waste too much time since babies dehydrate very quickly
If this happens do not stop breastfeeding especially in babies under 6 months, since breast milk in addition to providing them with antibodies to fight the disease, is the only food that will prevent the dehydration of the child.
If the baby is sick, any type of disease you should always increase the number of feedings, not suspend it.
The reality to this myth is that, you should increase the number of feedings to avoid dehydration, and go to the doctor to evaluate your case in particular.
Myth: If the child is still hungry must be supplemented with infant formula.
This is one of the most well-known myths and unfortunately one of the most carried out, not only is heard from the mouths of family or friends but also, what is worse, pediatricians and health professionals outdated, and I say from my own experience because I got one of those.
My advice for all nursing mothers is that if your baby’s pediatrician says that the baby is hungry and must supplement with formula, run, look for another pediatrician, because that is not up to date
Sometimes breastfed babies do not gain weight well but that does not mean that it must be supplemented with formulas, it means that there is a bad latching technique or that the baby is not emptying the breast in each feeding and it does not reach the high-fat milk.
In these cases you should check the position of the baby and make sure that the baby empties the breast before offering the next, sometimes it does not occur in the first shot, in which case the same breast should be offered again in the next feeding and when this emptiness is present, offer the other breast.
The reality of this myth is that if the baby is left hungry, another breastfeeding should be provided.
Myth: you should stop breastfeeding the child when he learns to walk.
The reality of this myth is that there is no relationship between the child learning to walk and having to stop breastfeeding, it is advisable to breastfeed until two years of age or as long as the child and the mother wants, regardless of is the baby has learned to walk or not.
These were the myths related to breastfeeding, I know there are probably many more, I try to cover the best known. Have you been told any of these? which one? or all of them?
Do you know others that I have not quoted?
I would like you to tell me in the comments so I can add to the list 🙂
Remember that these myths have emerged from the ignorance of the population in general, and continue to be disseminated to this day
I encourage all women to inform themselves, not to fall into them, if they need support, to look for it (you can contact me, I will gladly help you, I am an auxiliary technician in breastfeeding and I am currently studying to receive a lactation consultant, so you can tell me about any problem you have), that they struggle to maintain breastfeeding, because there is nothing better than mom’s milk
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