The Worst Breastfeeding Advice-Ever: 6 Tips you Should Ignore!

The Worst Breastfeeding Advice-Ever: 6 Tips you Should Ignore!

Breastfeeding does not spoil a baby.

Today I want to share with you some of the worst breastfeeding advice I have ever heard of. The one that you should absolutely ignore because all it will do, is make your breastfeeding journey unnecessary difficult and fill your mind with doubts.

Advice on breastfeeding is wasted nowadays and everyone (including those that don’t know the first think about it) feels compelled to give his own.
Here are the most absurd phrases and worst breastfeeding advice I have ever come across (please read and forget!)

“Do not breastfeed too often, you will spoil your child”

How often should you breastfeed? The truth is that there is no answer to this question, because every child is different. Hearing another mum’s experience may be helpful but be wary of those who claim to have the truth in hand. The best thing you can do is to look at your child so that you can learn to read his/her needs: a child is not a manual, but a person to listen to and understand. To those who say that breastfeeding on demand is not educational, the breast is not a pacifier and that you are spoiling your baby: “chocolates and croissants for breakfast are means to spoil, the breast? I don’t think so: a new-born is not spoiled, he is only expressing his vital needs in the only way he knows.”
Also, a good answer to give in these cases is that the breast is not a substitute of the pacifier, but a pacifier is the imitation of the breast: it is normal for a new-born to be attached to the breast to feed, but also to relax or self-soothe.

“Do not eat these foods or your milk will become bitter!” (or it will decrease, or it will increase …)

Home-made pasta, beer and chicken stock apparently are good to increase your milk supply. Vice versa, foods like lentils should be avoided. Stress actually, can be a much more dangerous enemy. When a woman nurses with the right frequency and follows a healthy diet, serenity is reflected and transmitted to the child during that intimate delicate moment that is breastfeeding. Remember that there are no foods that make your milk “bad”, but it is true that they change its flavour, but this is an extremely positive factor because this trains the new-born to a new taste. It seems, in fact, that breastfed children more willingly accept food during weaning. Instead, it is better to reduce the use of spices and healing herbs, for which it is preferable to consult with the doctor, or trusted herbalist.

“Your baby cries like that, because you have no milk” (or: your milk has become water)

Due to a shock it is possible that milk production is blocked: cases of intense stress or a traumatic event can have a negative effect. Attention, however: it is good to evaluate case by case and, above all, to avoid immediately adding artificial milk as some paediatricians mistakenly advice. If you suspect low milk supply (but remember to look at the whole picture, not just the fact your baby cries) the best thing to do is to attach the baby more often, so as to stimulate the breast: breastfeeding on request helps this process. There are stages of growth: the baby needs more milk and his crying and often sticking to the breast are nothing but a wonderful natural mechanism that “teaches” your breast to produce more milk. These phases normally occur within 2-3 days. Let us remember then that the spontaneous exhaustion of milk is a rare event, in most cases mothers are victims of wrong advice.

“You can’t breastfeed when you are nervous or agitated”

Ok, yes newborns have a deep and immediate connection with their mother: through the skin to skin contact we transmit to them, what happens to us. The emotions you feel are an important compass in your relationship with your child, but without exaggerating! You cannot breastfeed after doing sports? (or a fight!), If you are nervous or agitated? Pure NONSENSE. Doing physical exercise, sunbathing or having a cold does not affect breastfeeding, as well as nursing for more than five minutes does not cause nipples cracks.

“If you want to know how much breast milk you produce, try expressing”

Oh, this one! Nothing could be further from the truth. The amount of milk a mother expresses is often no accurate indication of her milk supply. I for one, had plenty of milk when my first was born, but when I tried to express, I hardly got anything out of it. The reason being, every woman responds differently to the breast pump. Therefore, the amount you can express varies from mum to mum — and it has often nothing to do with breast size or milk supply! It may be as little as 0.2 oz or as much as 7 oz.

“During hot weather, give your baby some water, who wants milk when it is so warm?”

Now, when I hear this one it really upsets me because this is not simply a wrong advice, but it can turn to be something potentially dangerous for the baby. Babies do NOT need any water during the first six months of their life. Breast milk has everything your baby needs and it will also quench his thirst ( breast milk is actually made of over 85 percent of water). Also, you don’t want to FILL up your baby on water, as this may decrease her appetite and leave her MALNOURISHED. ( Remember, babies have a tiny stomach).
Also, If mothers give water instead of breastfeeding it will cause the mother to have LESS milk in the future.
Another reason Not to give water to babies before 6 months:
Babies’ KIDNEYS aren’t yet mature, giving them too much water causes their bodies to release SODIUM along with excess water.
Losing sodium can affect brain activity, early symptoms of water intoxication can include irritability, drowsiness and other mental changes. Other symptoms include low body temperature (generally 97 degrees or less), puffiness or swelling in the face, and seizures.

So now you have read some of the worst breastfeeding advice, maybe you would like to share some you have come across. Please feel free to share in the comments. It is a very important topic, especially for brand new mothers.

<MsW>

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