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Do you believe these breastfeeding myths?

This is the #breastfeedingweek. We are all aware of the importance of breast feeding but have you ever thought about the authenticity of myths related to breastfeeding?

MYTH 1- Breastfeeding mother should eat stomachfull of food

It is a notion that is handed over through generations that the breastfeedinf mother should always eat full lest their milk production will deplete. It is not the quantity but the quality that matters. Eat ample amount of nuts, leafy vegetables, sprouted green gram etc. You can cut down on carbs though getting rid of carbs is not a good for anyone be it feeding mother not.

MYTH 2- If mother consume, spicy food, child will have indigestion.

This is one of the most bizarre and absurd beliefs connected to breastfeeding. If the mother consumes anything that is spicy or that which causes indigestion, how would the child have it? Will the breastmilk get spicy? I have never been able to fathom the psychology behind spreading this.

Myth 3- Exercise depletes breastmilk

After my first pregnancy, this is the most advised myth that I had to hear. You should lie down straight. Else you will have back pain later and your breastmilk will deplete. Are the mammary glands connected to some tube that will get entangled if we move around? On the contrary, mild exercise post partum will increase your blood circulation and helps in more lactation. Regarding the back pain, aunty who advised had pain everywhere except her back. So it could be a matter of choice where you want to bear the pain. Pun unintended!

Myth 4: If someone sees you feeding your child, your breastmilk will deplete and your child will fall sick.

Well, breastmilk seems to be a lazy worker who is waiting for a chance to be deplete. And child’s health has no connection to immunity, hygiene or anything else but the eyes of the viewer who sees the feeding show.

Myth 5: The right age to wean is two years.

‘If you wean before two years, the child will never be immune. If you wean after two years, your chastity will be affected. Isn’t that so?’ There is not right age to wean your child. It is all up to the choice of the mother, child and the circumstances. There are kids who wean naturally when they are 1 or so. There are kids who are being breastfed till 5 years or so. It is good of you can feed your child as much as you can but if someone doesn’t, it’s their choice. Well, our society is still unaware of the word choice.

Myth 6: If a breastfeeding mother consumes cold food, the child will get cold/cough/chest infection.

I clarified this with my pediatrician. He said even if the child consumes cold food he/she won’t get cold/cough much less a mother. Can you beat that? This doctor had advised me to give antibiotics mixed with ice cream. According to him, unless your child has tonsilitis, there is no connection between ice cream and infections. So, should we mull over more about a mother’s diet?

A MOTHER CAN FEED A CHILD EVEN IF SHE HAS COLD OR COUGH OR INDIGESTION OR ANYTHING OF SUCH SORTS. JUST THAT THEY SHOULD BE CAREFUL NOT TO COUGH OR SNEEZE ON THE CHILD. A MASK WILL DO THE NEEDFUL. BUT IF SHE TAKING ANY MEDICINES, SHE SHOUKD NOT FEED THE CHILD WITHOUT CONSULTING THE DOCTOR.

Keeping aside every awareness lessons or myths regarding breastfeeding, it is a beautiful feeling. It connects the mother with the child. They feel each other’s heartbeat. They form eye contact. They communicate and a life long unbreakable bond is formed. That is what matters. While my Son was in NICU, I had to express and give milk but was not able to express more than 10ml. But the moment I saw him, my dress was all wet. It is beyond our control. It’s magic.

These are not all. There are a plethora of myths connected to pregnancy. Will be discussing them sometime later.

46 thoughts on “Do you believe these breastfeeding myths?”

  1. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    Yes I had heard all the statements about breastfeeding you had mentioned here. In fact many of these I had received as an advice by many elder women. Glad that you had busted all these myths. Will be helpful for new moms.

  2. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    Yes I had heard all the statements about breastfeeding you had mentioned here. In fact many of these I had received as an advice by many elder women. Glad that you had busted all these myths. Will be helpful for new moms.

  3. You know Rakhi I have literally believed all of these being a young mother with no guidance. How I wish I had better knowledge then buddy. Glad you are creating awareness around it.

  4. You know Rakhi I have literally believed all of these being a young mother with no guidance. How I wish I had better knowledge then buddy. Glad you are creating awareness around it.

  5. I have heard of some of these myths and not sure whether believed or not but did make sure not to experiment with them. Some are definitely myths and should not be considered at all while some food related issues are considered true by doctors as well.

  6. I have heard of some of these myths and not sure whether believed or not but did make sure not to experiment with them. Some are definitely myths and should not be considered at all while some food related issues are considered true by doctors as well.

  7. You are so right with all these myths. I must confess that I believed 2 – 4 myths and now understand with all the facts. But with my second child I shunned away all the myths are never adhered to all these myths even coming from close friends and family. I am happy that this post will help many mothers to take their decisions on the fact basis.

  8. You are so right with all these myths. I must confess that I believed 2 – 4 myths and now understand with all the facts. But with my second child I shunned away all the myths are never adhered to all these myths even coming from close friends and family. I am happy that this post will help many mothers to take their decisions on the fact basis.

  9. This is a very nice post with lot if good information. Will surely pass it on to all breatfeeding mommies I know.

  10. This is a very nice post with lot if good information. Will surely pass it on to all breatfeeding mommies I know.

  11. Heard every single one of them and it was such a pain! People chastised me for exercising soon post-delivery and for depriving my baby of ample milk. Such myths need to be busted.

  12. Heard every single one of them and it was such a pain! People chastised me for exercising soon post-delivery and for depriving my baby of ample milk. Such myths need to be busted.

  13. Sadly, I could never breastfeed my twins due to medical reasons, but the more I read about breastfeeding, the more confusing it got back then. These kinds of articles are going to be helpful for new moms.

  14. Sadly, I could never breastfeed my twins due to medical reasons, but the more I read about breastfeeding, the more confusing it got back then. These kinds of articles are going to be helpful for new moms.

  15. I have been an exclusive breastfed mom and literally laughed my way and fought with these myths .. but great you highlighted these and created awareness about it

  16. I have been an exclusive breastfed mom and literally laughed my way and fought with these myths .. but great you highlighted these and created awareness about it

  17. There are so many myths when it comes to breastfeeding and I am sure most or all the new moms gtes to hear these quite often. I am glad you wrote about this, will be sharing to spread awareness πŸ™‚

  18. There are so many myths when it comes to breastfeeding and I am sure most or all the new moms gtes to hear these quite often. I am glad you wrote about this, will be sharing to spread awareness πŸ™‚

  19. Myths or grandma’s tales they have trickled down to us. It is high time these myths were broken and reality sinks in. More awareness is needed and every woman should know all this.

  20. Myths or grandma’s tales they have trickled down to us. It is high time these myths were broken and reality sinks in. More awareness is needed and every woman should know all this.

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