September is the month of nutrition. The first food for your baby
is mother’s milk. It is very important to do breast feeding for
your child’s health. But, today young mother has many myths
about breast feeding.
Today we will burst these myths-
1) Myth :
Breast feeding makes your breast to become droopy.
Change in your breast shape is because of your pregnancy and not your breast feeding. The hormonal changes that takes place during & after your pregnancy changes the size and shape of your breast.
Breast feeding leads to weight gain for the mother.
Your breast milk contains high amount of fat that is essential for your child’s development. Your primary goal at this time should be to give the best nutrition to your child. You have chances of losing your weight within few months after the delivery. If not, your weight can be managed at the later date. Consult your qualified dietitian
Later on for your weight management.
If you have small breasts, you can’t produce enough milk for your baby.
Your breast milk production is hormone dependent and not size dependent. Your body produces milk on the basis of supply & demand. When you increase the frequency and effectiveness of your breast-feeding sessions, your milk supply will increase.
Sometime in the beginning when milk is not secreted- don’t get panic. Allow your child to suck on your breast nipple. Sucking reflux stimulate breast milk secretion.
It is normal for breast feeding to hurt.
After the initial discomfort, routine breast feeding should not be painful. If it is painful for you, you should consult a lactating expert.
Breast feeding should always be the first choice. If not possible
the second-best option is to pump your milk and give it to your baby. If both
are not possible, the last option is formula feeds.
That’s all for today,
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday tip,
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Homoeopathic physician.