Let’s Talk about Breastfeeding Facts and Myths!
Let’s talk about breastfeeding facts and myths. Most mothers are uncertain about whether what they do is a fact or a myth when breastfeeding.
Meanwhile, come sit with me and let’s discuss all the frequently asked questions, and everything that leads a mother to confusion
If the mother is sick, she can transfer it to her baby.
This is a MYTH. If the mother gets sick, for instance, she has colds, this kind of sickness will not be transferred to the baby via the breastmilk.
In fact, while a breastfeeding mother is sick, she produces more antibodies. These antibodies will help protect her baby more.
You can see sometimes, that when a mother is sick, the baby is not likely to get sick either.
In other words, the only way you can transfer cold to your baby is through coughing, the transfer of saliva (so don’t taste or share food with your baby), or by touching your baby’s mouth without washing your hands.
If you got colds, make sure to always wear masks, wash your hands and do not taste your baby’s food via his spoon or your spoon, or even share a bit of food with your baby if he is eating.
Babies are likely to get drowned when fed via breasts than on bottles
This is a MYTH.
Firstly, when a mother is breastfeeding, the baby’s mouth tends to be more exercised while feeding.
Consequently, the mother’s breasts know how much milk it produces while the baby feeds, so it depends on how the baby controls his own latching.
However, this probably won’t cause babies to drown.
On the other hand, when babies are fed via a bottle, the tendency is that their mouth won’t keep on moving or the jaws are still.
Similarly, babies are smart to know that the milk coming out from the bottle’s nipple is continuous.
As a result, there’s no need for them to suck on it since milk automatically comes out.
Additionally, babies who are bottle-fed are more likely to drown because milk coming out from the bottle is uncontrollable.
So, there’s a possibility that the milk will go straight to their lungs if fed incorrectly.
As a result, babies get choked so easily.
Mothers or handlers should keep an eye on babies who are feeding via the bottle to avoid accidents.
Mothers who talk about breastfeeding facts and myths say formula-feeding mothers are lazier than mothers who fully breastfeed their babies.
This is definitely a MYTH. Mommies who talk about breastfeeding facts and myths often argue about this. There are many reasons why a mother feeds her baby with formula milk. The reasons we need to consider can be:
The mother is lacking a broader knowledge about breastfeeding (this applies to mothers who do not or cannot produce enough milk for their baby)
Furthermore, she might have medical conditions so she couldn’t breastfeed because it might worsen that condition (not the baby).
She has diseases that can be transmitted via breast milk to her baby.
That is to say, diseases such as hepatitis, aids, HIV, and other transmittable diseases that can be passed on to the child.
Therefore, when we talk about breastfeeding facts and myths, we should always consider some things to avoid giving false information to other mothers.
Breasts get sagged when and after breastfeeding
Well, this is partially true when you are breastfeeding your baby. In most cases, the breasts expand when milk is reproduced and feels sagged when breasts are emptied.
Don’t worry mommies! While in fact, breasts seem weightless after they are emptied, your breasts will still normally get back to their original shapes and sizes.
Above all, it takes time for breasts to reshape.
Therefore, maintain using brassieres that can hold your breasts in place, but check if your bras are fit for you.
Mothers should not drink cold water or cold food while breastfeeding because their babies might get colds
This is a MYTH. Mothers who drink cold water won’t affect their breastmilk supply and temperature. Additionally, breastmilk in the breasts maintains its temperature so mothers shouldn’t be worried if they affect their breastmilk by just drinking cold water or cold food such as ice cream.
If you want to increase your milk supply, you should also drink plenty of milk.
This is just a MYTH. It’s not necessarily milk that can increase your breastmilk supply. In fact, any fluids you take can increase your milk supply.
Mothers who are blessed with big breasts can produce more milk than that of mothers who have small breasts.
Well, be thankful that you have breasts. In most cases, mothers with small breasts can be able to produce more milk than those with big breasts. There are moms with big breasts but do not have enough milk supply.
Therefore, size is not a basis for having to produce more or less milk.
Endless cries of the baby might be because of hunger. I might not have enough breast milk supply to satisfy him. Another concern of most moms who talk about breastfeeding facts and myths.
Hold on, mommy! This is a MYTH. The truth about babies is that they normally cry. Babies do cry a lot more than adults do, of course, and this is their nature even if they are fully fed.
This is the concern of most moms who are breastfeeding. But worry not! because it’s not a reason that you don’t have enough milk but consider other factors that might be causing him to cry endlessly.
One factor might be, your baby can’t burp. Always put the baby to a burping position in order to release gas. Most breastfed babies don’t burp a lot and it’s normal since breastmilk doesn’t have bubbly components while nursing him.
Above all, compared to bottled formula wherein bubbles may form when you shake the milk and those bubbles may get in your baby’s stomach that can cause fussiness or gassiness.
To sum up, we all need to e knowledgeable when it comes to breastfeeding. We need to be active and pay close attention to the information regarding breastfeeding.
If you have more questions regarding breastfeeding, please comment or you can contact us so we could reach out faster!