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4 myths about breastfeeding, which would be good to know in advance

The first moments of the newborn into the world of mom and dad are probably the happiest for you, but also the most stressful for the baby as well. It is therefore necessary to show to your baby that it is welcome – give your baby strong but gentle hugs and it will instinctively feel that you are there to give and protestation.

One of the basic needs of the baby, as you can imagine is food. It will help him to grow and develop properly in the coming months, and there is hardly a better food for a baby than breast milk. Breastfeeding is a topic that will always excite and be a strong topic among young mothers and this is completely normal, but with the time people have created some myths associated with it. Here we are to reveal them as soon as possible.

1 Breastfeeding is easy and instinctive thing to do
Although the mother and the baby have their own instincts as regard to the feeding, it is not an automatic process. Sometimes a mother needs a little help to nurse her baby. It is very important the first hour after giving birth to try to breastfeed the baby in order to avoid problems in the long run. Being a young mother probably you get thousands questions in your mind, but the good thing is that today you could easily discuss and ask for advice a lactation consultant who will support you in these first steps.

2. Some women do not have enough milk
In fact, there are really women who do not have enough milk, but they are a very small percentage among the number of women. Regular nursing the child even at night ensures that the milk will not stop, on the contrary – the body will adapt better to the newly created regime. It is nice to know that the quality and quantity of the milk will be different in different periods, as it will adjust to the nutritional needs of the baby, according to the intervals and how long it is eating.

3. If the baby wants to eat very often, than only breast milk is not enough
While breastfeeding, the baby will go through different periods of growth – in some it will slow down and eat less, while in others will increase the need of milk. It depends on what will be its nutritional needs. If at any time the child wants to eat more, it does not mean it lacks food, but that it just goes through the certain phase. Moreover – many doctors recommend the baby to be exclusively breastfed until 6 months because the breast milk has everything for nutrients and hydration.

4. If breastfeeding lasts more than a year it is not normal and is harmful to the baby
Actually, it’s perfectly normal the baby to be breastfed for over a year (within reasonable time, of course) as long as it does not interfere with the mother, as it can be associated with a number of inconveniences as painful bites and flowing breasts nipples for example.

From a psychological perspective, breastfeeding builds a strong emotional bond between the mother and child, but when breastfeeding continues more than two years, this can bring problems related to the dependence of the child from the mother and stopping this process can become more difficult. However, the 2 years old child has a large variety of other foods from which to acquire the necessary nutrients; and milk has already given his most important contribution to its development.

Whatever your choice is, do not let others to judge you or to impute guilt into you, because breastfeeding your child is a special moment between the mother and the baby and can not always be 100% understood by the others.

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