Like pregnancy and childbirth, you should learn about breastfeeding before becoming a new mom. Test your breastfeeding knowledge by reading these facts and myths to better understand how amazing women’s bodies truly are.
1.Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.
WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, solid foods, such as mashed fruits and vegetables, should be introduced to complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more.
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2. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system big time.
Mama’s milk helps baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, including:
Respiratory tract infections
Urinary tract infections
Common colds and flus
3. Breastfeeding helps mama heal faster in the postpartum.
It helps her uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster and lowering overall postpartum blood loss.
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4. Bigger isn’t necessarily better.
The amount of breast milk a mom produces has nothing to do with her breast size.
5. Breastfeeding isn’t easy for every mom.
A 2013 study published in Pediatrics involving 513 first-time mothers found that 92 percent of participants reported having at least one concern by their third day of breastfeeding, with the most common one being difficulty with latching, followed by breastfeeding pain and trouble with their milk supply
6. It makes your boobs sag
One reason many women with breast implants don’t breastfeed (or stop earlier than planned) is because they think it will change the appearance of their breasts, according to a 2011 study from the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. But, as the study authors point out, it’s the number of pregnancies a woman has—not whether she breastfeeds—that causes breasts to sag over time. That’s true with or without implants.
7. Breastfeeding is a reliable form of birth control.
Breastfeeding can be effective birth control, but only if certain conditions are met. According to Planned Parenthood, women can use breastfeeding as a form of birth control in the first six months after giving birth if they’re breastfeeding exclusively (meaning that baby is not drinking anything else), nursing at least every four to six hours and have not yet gotten their period again. But it’s not foolproof — 1 in 100 women who practice continuous breastfeeding will get pregnant, and 2 in 100 will if they don’t always practice it correctly, Planned Parenthood estimates.
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8. When engorged, use heat.
Women are told to apply a warm washcloth or get in a hot shower if they’ve got an infection, swelling or their breasts are the size of watermelons.
“To put heat on a breast creates more blood flow to the area and actually increases the milk,” said Sara Chana Silverstein, an international board-certified lactation consultant, master herbalist and creator of the Savvy Breastfeeding app. “Ice reduces inflamed tissue around the ducts so breasts can drain properly.”
9. Do not breastfeed if you are sick.
Continuing to breastfeed while you have a cold or the flu actually helps protect your baby from illness. The germ-fighting antibodies that your body is busy making are transferred to your baby every time she nurses. As a result, she probably won’t get sick at all, or if she does, it will be a milder version of whatever is ailing you, says Dr. Smillie. Keeping up your bonding sessions, in spite of feeling rotten, can help improve your mood too.
10. You’re a bad mom, if you don’t breastfeed.
Although breastfeeding provides significant health benefits for your baby and you, deciding not to breastfeed–or being unable to breastfeed for whatever reason–doesn’t make you an unfit mother. Feed your baby a formula that you feel good about, and move on. With your love and care, your child will thrive whether he dines on breast milk, formula, or some combination of the two.
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Thanks for sharing
Noted. Thanks MIM.
Breastfeeding is extremely important , the infant and the mother benefits a lot from the exercise.
Hmmm this is interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Confirmed fact…. thanks
I know of No3
Thanks for the tips.
I’m a new mom so I’m right now gulping any information I can get on motherhood or breastfeeding and this came at the right time.
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