6 Common misconceptions about breast feeding
- Breast feeding should be stopped if the baby has a diarrhea
It's completely wrong; doctors recommend breast feeding as the best therapeutic option for diarrhea. In fact, breast milk contains natural enzymes and good bacteria (probiotics) which are very effective in combating harmful bacteria that causes diarrhea.
- There is close relation between breast size and the amount of milk production
It's a common misconception; there is no relation between breast size and the amount of produced milk, which means breast size isn't reliable indicator for assessment of milk production. There as other multiple factors responsible for milk production such as; nutritional state, overall health status… etc.
- Exclusive breast feeding until 2 years old meets the nutritional requirements of the baby
Recent medical studies recommend adding certain types of food along with breast feeding at the age of 6 months, so as to give the baby all the nutrients needed by his body; which means exclusive breast feeding is suitable until the age of 6 months only.
- Don't breast feed your baby if you feel sad or angry
Some people think breast feeding during bad mood may cause harms to the baby; it's completely wrong. In fact, bad mood may reduce milk production.
- Eating certain types of food may cause colic and abdominal distension to the baby
Colic and abdominal distension is very common in babies and newborns, but maternal food isn't responsible for this issue. On the other hand, foods with a pungent smell such as onions and garlic may affect the taste of the secreted milk, which in turn leads to aversion of the baby from breast feeding.
- Baby crying stimulates mammary glands to secrete milk
There aren't enough medical studies confirm this concept.