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Breastfeeding Myths & Facts

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Breastfeeding Myths & Facts

Myth: It is normal for breastfeeding to cause pain.
Fact: Though a mild pain while breastfeeding is okay, but severe pain that lasts beyond 5-6 days needs medical attention.

Myth: There is no (not enough) milk in the mother's breast for the first 3 or 4 days after birth.
Fact: The milk is always enough, but it might be that the baby is not able to latch on the breast properly.

Myth: In hot weather, a breastfed baby needs water additionally.
Fact: Mother's milk contains all the water a baby needs.

Myth: Breastfeeding babies need addtional vitamin D.
Fact: Mother's milk contains all the nutrients that a baby needs.

Myth: A mother needs to wash her nipples before breastfeeding, every time.
Fact: Too frequent washing of nipples robs them of the protective oils and makes breastfeeding a cumbersome process.

Myth: If the baby is suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, the mother should not breastfeed him/her.
Fact: Breast milk is the best medicine for a baby to fight the infection, except for certain exceptional circumstances.

Myth: A mother should not breastfeed if she is taking medicines.
Fact: There are only certain medicines that, if taken by a breastfeeding mother, can adversely affect the baby.

Myth: A pregnant woman should not breastfeed.
Fact: As long as the child and the mother do not have a problem, breastfeeding can continue even after a woman gets pregnant.

Myth: In case of a surgery, a mother should wait for a day before breastfeeding.
Fact: A mother can breastfeed her baby immediately after surgery, if she is up to it, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Myth: A breastfeeding mother should watch her diet carefully.
Fact: All a breastfeeding mother needs to do is eat a balanced diet. She doesn't have to be too obsessive about it or drink loads of milk, to produce milk.

Myth: A breastfeeding mother has to drink lots of fluids.
Fact: The intake of fluids, for a breastfeeding mother, needs to depend on her thirst and preference and not anything else.

Myth: If the baby did not drink mother's milk for a few days, it has become sour and the breastfeeding should be stopped.
Fact: A woman's breast milk remains fresh all the time, whether or not her baby drinks it.

Myth: A mother should not breastfeed after exercising.
Fact: There is no truth in this statement, as a mother's milk does not change in any way after she exercises.


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