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Breastfeeding Myths Busted : An experience of a mother & Psychologist

18 Aug 2015

 

Becoming a mother for the first time is the starting of the most beautiful phase of any female’s life. It is commonly said that “A woman is complete only after she becomes a mother”. I believe it to be true now since I am living this experience of recently becoming mother of a beautiful baby girl.

Having your bundle of joy in your hands arouses your most sacred feelings which nourish your baby towards optimal growth and development. However, adapting to this new role without getting adequate knowledge as well as understanding may often leave a mother, experiencing inner tension, unreasonable fear, self doubt, incompetency, inferiority and low self confidence.

Such negative feelings may in fact ruin her enjoyment of initial motherhood days.

Breastfeeding starts as soon as the baby is delivered which is followed by endless number of advice coming from your mothers or grandmothers, in laws, neighbors, friends etc. Rather than making breastfeeding easier, advices/age old beliefs/practices make it more complicated and stressful.

Let’s explore some of the most common myths associated with breastfeeding

  1. Myth: Breastfeeding mothers should take lot of fluids and eat more?

Fact: Breastfeeding mother should drink according to her thirst and eat well balanced diet guided by her hunger

  1. Myth: Breastfeeding mothers need to be cautious about what they eat

Fact: Breastfeeding mothers need not avoid specific food. Colic and gassiness in newborns can be improved by changing the breastfeeding technique rather than diet.

  1. Myth: Breastfeeding mothers should not feed if their nipples lead to pain and bleeding

Fact: Pain is the problem  and leaving breastfeeding will not help. Get advise from gynaecologist in how to reduce the pain.

  1. Myth: Breastfeeding mothers with small breast produce less milk than mothers with large breast

Fact: Any breastfeeding mother either with small or large breast can make sufficient milk for their babies

  1. Myth:  Breastfeeding mothers' baby has difficluty gaining adequate weight

Fact: Difficulty in newborn gaining weight may be associated with underlying health condition or insufficient milk intake

  1. Myth: Poor milk supply is due to breastfeeding mother’s stress, or fatigue

Fact: Stress rarely causes poor milk supply. Poor latch on or infrequent feeding are often the reasons behind poor milk supply

There are many more myths that need to be addressed. In case, you are experiencing stress related to breastfeeding, taking help from experts will be the wisest decision that will help you in easing out your breastfeeding phase as well as making it more enjoyable and memorable.

 Consult a Breastfeeding Specialist Doctor./Psychologist completely Online at ePsyClinic.com

At ePsyClinic.com, You can consult completely Online, a pregnancy & motherhood specialist and the 15 mins consultation is absouletely free!

Here are there timings 

Ms. Smriti Sawhney,Pregnancy mind wellness specialist: 9:40 am- 1:30 pm, 4:40- 6:00 pm all weekdays. 10;40 pm to 11:40 pm weekends

Dr. Priyanka Mehta, Country's leading Gynaecologist: Available 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 

11:am to 2:00 pm Friday. 

Log on to www.ePsyClinic.com and get your online session booked now! 

You can also take free assessment for whether you could be facing depression, anxiety or stress in this phase here

 


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