Myths on breastfeeding
Myth: I can be separated from my newborn baby after birth so I have time to rest. The skin-to-skin practice between mother and baby immediately after birth, also called “kangaroo care,” is encouraged and widely practiced by doctors, nurses and midwives. “Keeping the baby against the mother’s skin will calm the baby enough to find the mother’s breast on their own within 30 minutes to an hour after birth,” explains Dr. Griswald. Myth: I should be worried because my nipples are sore from breastfeeding. Many mothers experience discomfort in the first few days after birth when they are learning to breastfeed. With the right support with positioning the baby for breastfeeding and making sure the baby is correctly attached to the breast, sore nipples can be avoided. Myth: I should only eat plain food while breastfeeding. Generally, there is no need to change food habits. Mothers who breastfeed still need to eat a balanced diet like everyone else. While in the womb, the baby was already exposed to their mother’s food preferences. Once born, the infant will taste whatever the mother eats through their milk, which will prime them for table foods when they’re about six months old. “If your baby reacts to a specific food that you eat, consult a specialist.” Myth: Exercise affects the taste of my breast milk. There is no evidence that exercise affects the taste of breast milk. Exercise is healthy even for breastfeeding mothers Myth: I should not breastfeed while I’m sick. Depending on the kind of illness, mothers can usually continue breastfeeding when they’re sick. In many cases, the antibodies a nursing mother’s body makes to treat their disease will pass on to their baby, building their own defenses.
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