Some myths and truths about breastfeeding

As mammals that we are humans, at birth, we feed on breast milk, through the lactation process, like the rest of the mammalian animals, that is, those equipped with breasts, in order to provide initial food to their young.


Seen as natural, for centuries, in the middle of the last century certain theories and practices began to occur in society, which came to distort the natural fact of feeding newborn babies through breastfeeding.

Tales of horror about how it affected the aesthetic health of the mother, how the child did not nourish himself enough and how breastfeeding broke the intimacy of the couple were just some of the stories that arose, apparently for the sole purpose of placing the milk of formula c omo the panacea of all evil.

Unfortunately, for decades the same pediatricians advised newly released mothers to replace the milk naturally produced by them with artificial supplements based on cow’s milk, causing damage to children’s health, which they would come to light, years later, during their adult life.

Today that has been left behind, and the importance of breastfeeding as a source of nutrients and antibodies has been remembered and taken into account again, being even protected by today’s women as a human right of their sons and daughters to a diet Healthy. Thus formula begins to be the last option, to which to resort only at extreme times.

However, this information has not reached all women, who – whether they are breastfeeding or not – still have hundreds of myths about this natural act of feeding in their knowledge.

This is why in this opportunity we want to offer some of them, as well as their contrast with reality, so that anyone who reads these lines may have the information necessary to assume breastfeeding with knowledge, being able to leave behind some stories fantastic about breastfeeding a baby. Here are some of the most repeated myths about breastfeeding:

Who can breastfeed?

One of the most common myths with which women still want to be convinced is that some mothers can breastfeed, and others cannot.

According to the experts’ opinion, it is almost impossible for a mother, who has carried a baby in her womb for nine months, not to be able to produce milk, as her body has been preparing to have her child and be able to feed him, so it has gone through hundreds of physical and chemical processes for this time. This is a natural process, just like other mammals.

How much milk should a baby be given?

There is also the myth that the baby must be breast-breasted at certain times, for every while. This judgment is also a myth, as it is appropriate that breastfeeding is provided free of demand, which will bring short– and long-term benefits, both for milk production – the more the mammary glands are stimulated, the more milk will be produced as well as for the baby and its nutrition.

First one breast, and then the other

There is also a popular belief that the baby should be left to take from one breast for a certain time and pass it on to the other, before it is too full to take from both. However, in the opinion of the experts it is necessary to let the baby decide when to separate from the first breast, since it will provide two types of milk, that of the beginning: a little more diluted, and that of the end: rich in fats.

This way, if you keep your child off the first breast early, you’ll be depriving the child of the latter milk, which is a huge calorie intake for the baby. It doesn’t matter if you take only one breast, and are satisfied, in the next shot you can offer the next one.

Will I produce enough milk or not?

Another big concern, which leads a hundred women to give their sons and daughters nutritional supplements, which ultimately cause health damage, is whether or not they will be producing enough milk.

In this sense the experts claim that the mother’s body, at the time of having the baby, produces the milk to feed it, whose production will increase as the baby increases its demand, because by stimulating the mammary glands, they will respond by producing Milk. Thus, if you are breastfed properly and frequently, your baby will have the food it requires.

This myth is sometimes also reinforced by the small amount of milk that the mother manages to extract from her breasts artificially and with great effort. However, it is necessary to clarify that the mother will never be able to remove from her breasts the same amount that a breast-feeding baby can achieve.

Similarly, it should be clarified that if the baby sucks the mother’s breast, without complaining, it is because she is buying her food, so that a baby breastfeeding calmly, without crying, is the best sign that her mother’s breasts are supplying her food.

Will my milk be of good quality?

Similarly, especially among first-time mothers, concernarises whether the milk you provide to your baby will be enough to nourish you. First of all, it must be remembered that no means of many advances that our civilization has made, reproducing is a fact linked to our nature, in this way the body of the woman is endowed to give life, and to feed it.

In fact, some scientific studies have shown that even in malnourished women, the milk produced for their children was of good quality. So you don’t have to worry, your body will do whatever it takes to get out of your reserves, in order to guarantee the baby a good diet.

Breastfeeding will affect my body

On the other hand, there are women who are terrified around the myths that exist about whether breastfeeding will upset for evil the shape of their breasts or the rest of their body. It has been shown that practicing breastfeeding, in addition to creating a lifelong bond between mother and child, does not affect the elasticity or strength of the breast muscle, which in the end is the one that will make your bust look firm or droopy.

Conversely, breasts tend to increase in size during breast scan, so you’ll look a little more voluptuous. It has also been shown that breast-feeding after childbirth encourages your body to consume all those extra kilos that it accumulated during pregnancy, so you could almost claim that breastfeeding slims.

Breastfeeding creates dependent children

Another of the most worrying myths about breastfeeding is one that dictates that promoting this natural activity between mother and child will psychologically affect the baby by making him a crying child, dependent and unable to fall asleep.

Nothing further from reality. Of course, the demand for care of a newborn is extremely demanding, as it is an immature individual who is adapting to an unknown medium, and who therefore needs to feel the security that his mother gives him, because it is the warmth and voice that he knows d isthat it was in the womb.

In this way, breastfeeding, carrying your child, holding him in his arms as many times as necessary, among other practices of attachment parenting, far from spoiling your child, will make him grow feeling loved and developing self-worth, so you won’t be raising dependent and restless beings, but humans with personality, empathy, love and security.

Finally we advise you – if you are pregnant or have just given birth – to look in your community for groups of mothers who provide support during breastfeeding, since the company and the right information are vital at this stage, if it is the first time you face it.

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Some myths and truths about breastfeeding
Source: curiosities  
August 31, 2019


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