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Some old wives' tales about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one the oldest and most instinctive actions. Yet it is also an experience that is still surrounded by many false myths. To give you a better idea about this, we have listed a number of statements that you should not believe.

 

IT IS NOT TRUE THAT...

The feed should take no longer than 5-10 minutes or that is enough time for a baby to have her fill.

Each child is different and has her own very personal pace, even when it comes to eating. Some suck voraciously and are full straight away; however, others need breaks and take longer over it. Each mother's milk flow also differs. Therefore, if you are constantly looking at the clock while breastfeeding, you run the risk of your little one not getting a full feed. It is best to watch your child and let her guide the feed. When the baby has had enough, she will be satisfied and stop sucking.

 

IT IS NOT TRUE THAT...

You should offer the child both breasts at each feed.

During the first days of feeding it is recommendable to offer both breasts. However, once breastfeeding is established, it is no longer necessary to do so. Therefore, if the little one has fed from one breast, the next time you feed, offer the breast that was not emptied first.

 

IT IS NOT TRUE THAT...

Breast milk can be of a low quality and can hamper the baby's growth.

If your baby is not thriving, you must not believe that there is something wrong with your milk. In most cases, it is just a problem with suction or limiting feeds. See the doctor to make sure that there is nothing wrong with your baby.

 

IT IS NOT TRUE THAT...

Babies who are given the breast whenever they want become spoilt.

Breastfeeding your little one whenever she wants does not mean that it is going to lead to bad habits. It is your way of giving your baby what she needs to ensure proper growth. What is more, it has been shown that this does not create bad habits, but will give your baby more confidence in herself.

 

IT IS NOT TRUE THAT...

There is no point in breastfeeding beyond a year, as the quality of the breast milk decreases after six months.

It is not only the quantity, but also the quality of breast milk that is adapted to meet the new demands of your growing child. Therefore, even if the feeds are no longer as frequent as they were at first, they will provide your baby with very valuable substances.