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It is the responsibility of primary care providers to educate new mothers and provide them with all the information they need to make the right decision.

World Breastfeeding Week: Myths Crushed for New and Expectant Mothers

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While breastfeeding is not a must, it is a conscious feeding decision for every mother. This decision can only be made when the mother has the right information about all the feeding options available that will empower her, her child and family.

It is the responsibility of primary care providers to educate new mothers and their families about the pros and cons of breastfeeding, expressed breast milk (own / breast milk) and compound feed.

Does breastfeeding affect maternal health?

Breastfeeding offers enormous short- and long-term health benefits for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the mother and child.

Brief benefits of breastfeeding:

  • It helps to expel the placenta early when breastfeeding is started within the first hour of birth.
  • Helps the uterus to contract and return to the pre-pregnancy stage.
  • Reduction of postpartum haemorrhage.
  • Acts as a contraceptive. *

(* only if the baby is breastfed exclusively (including night feeding) in combination with other conditions under which menstruation does not return and the baby must be less than six months old)

Prolonged benefits of breastfeeding:

  • It helps the mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight.
  • It reduces the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
  • It also reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  • It is convenient, saves time and money, requires no preparation and is also environmentally friendly.

Also read: Mothers can breastfeed their newborns safely even if they get a positive test COVID-19

Myths about breastfeeding

There are several myths associated with breastfeeding. Let’s talk about a few of them.

1. Breastfeeding is easy

Breastfeeding is a new skill that mothers learn, and it is important to remember that learning a new skill is never easy. There are many obstacles along the way, but with practical support and the right information, mothers can overcome them. Breastfeeding takes time and practice for both mother and baby, so the mother needs space and support at home and at work.

2. Mothers should eat tightly in a sitting position

The mother can feed in any position suitable for her, whether it is lying down or in a sitting position, because the position of the baby does not change; only the position of the mother changes.

3. Excessive crying in babies is associated with a lack of breast milk

Crying is one of the languages ​​through which babies can communicate. Regardless of whether breast milk is adequate for the baby or not, it is only indicated by an adequacy test through urine and weight.

If a breastfed baby urinates at least six to seven times in 24 hours and the weight gain is at least + 500 g / month, it indicates that breast milk is adequate.

4. Nipple pain / tenderness is normal during or while breastfeeding

Many mothers experience some discomfort in the first days after birth when they learn to breastfeed, but with the baby’s proper posture and attachment to the chest, nipple pain and tenderness can be prevented. But if the mother constantly encounters these problems, she should seek help from a breastfeeding consultant / counselor.

The author is a breastfeeding consultant at Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, MumbOh

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