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There are usually many doubts that invade mothers when breastfeeding, and urban legends or myths about breastfeeding do not usually help; even the contradictory information that we usually receive the first days postpartum, since everyone has an opinion or believes in the right to do so.
Let's see what are the most common mistakes in breastfeeding, mistakes we make, either because of ignorance or because of recommendations; but that can complicate the correct establishment of breastfeeding.
- Limit the times of each take: For the first few days, even weeks I would say, we should keep our watch in a drawer. We should eat when we are hungry, drink when we are thirsty, rest when we are tired. It is essential to listen to our body. And the same goes for our baby, we must do exactly the same. It may seem like chaos at first, but I assure you that little by little your baby will become regular; but the shots must be on demand. We must offer the breast whenever our baby wants or needs, without limiting the time of the same; since with this we will be able to produce exactly the amount of milk that our [email protected] needs and we will avoid certain annoyances that are usually secondary to strict feeding schedules: digestive discomfort, alterations in growth and weight gain, irritability, etc.
- Night separation: There are still hospitals that offer mothers the “nest” service so that the mother can rest, in such a way that many hours of separation take place (they even usually give them bottles of formula or use nipples or pacifiers to reassure them). It is a huge mistake, babies must be with their mothers, since during the night and at night is when the most prolactin is secreted, a hormone necessary for milk production. It is key to keep skin to skin at night and offer the breast whenever our baby demands it.
- Use of pacifier or bottle: If breastfeeding has not yet been established correctly (which usually takes a few weeks), it is not advisable to introduce any gadget that could interfere with latching. If you must give a supplement, choose to do it with a spoon, cup or syringe.
- Weigh the baby before and after each feeding: it is what we call the “double heavy” and except in exceptional cases, it is inadvisable to practice it as a way to control what our baby eats. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know exactly how much milk you are ingesting if you breastfeed, but a good way to know that you are well fed is to check the diapers, which are wet at each change; that he cries when he is hungry or something bothers him, that he has moments of sleep and others in which he is awake….
- Preparing the nipple: there is no basis for any practice that is done to make the nipple "callus", such as brushing the nipples with a toothbrush every day, using 90º alcohol, trying to sterilize it and a long etc. As lactation is established, that the grip is correct or possible alterations are corrected, we will not have to worry. The only care we must pay to this sensitive area are proper hygiene (a daily shower is enough, and don't overdo it with the use of soaps), air them as much as possible and little else.
- Don't seek help when complications arise. If the problems that arise with breastfeeding are not solved, doubts are resolved, etc. then it is very likely that breastfeeding will fail. So find your midwife, or a lactation consultant and let yourself help.
- Stress: "Keep calm and give the teat", since stress has been shown to negatively affect milk production. So do not aim for a perfect lactation, it is not necessary. Accept things as they come, and whenever you need to, rest, breathe, enjoy and ask for a lot of help.
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