Breastfeeding is a beautiful journey for parents and babies. But, sometimes, it's hard because of a lack of proper advice and wrong information. This is even more challenging when babies have food allergies. Here, is 5 Essential Breastfeeding Facts Uncovered where we'll clear up some common misunderstandings about breastfeeding.
MISUNDERSTANDING: What Moms Eat Doesn't Affect Their Breast Milk.
TRUTH: This is not right. The food that mothers eat can change their breast milk. Some moms think that their milk is causing problems for their baby and stop breastfeeding. But, the baby is usually reacting to a type of food the mother ate. It's very rare for a baby to have problems with breast milk itself.
MISUNDERSTANDING: Food Proteins in Breast Milk Stay There for a Long Time.
TRUTH: Research says this is wrong. Things like peanuts, dairy, and eggs show up in breast milk a few hours after a mom eats them. But they go away in about a day. Some people wrongly believe that these foods stay in the milk for weeks, which scares moms and makes them stop breastfeeding.
MISUNDERSTANDING: It's Normal for Breastfed Babies to Cry a Lot (Colic).
TRUTH: A little crying is normal. But if a baby cries a lot, it means there might be a problem. Some people think colic will get better in a few months. But, parents know their babies best. There are many reasons for colic. It might be due to the baby's tongue shape, feeding too much or too little, problems with milk flow, the baby's stomach being not fully developed, food allergies, or tummy bacteria. We need to look for the real reason behind the crying.
MISUNDERSTANDING: Probiotics Will Fix All Stomach Problems for Babies.
TRUTH: Probiotics can help, but they don't fix everything. Some probiotics have things like dairy or soy that some babies are allergic to. Probiotics can sometimes hide the real problem. It's better to find and solve the root cause.
MISUNDERSTANDING: If Your Baby Has Food Allergies, Only Formula Milk Works.
TRUTH: Many mothers continue breastfeeding even if their babies have food allergies. The key is to find out which food is causing the problem and avoid it. Breast milk has many good things for babies. For some babies, formula milk doesn't work well, so breastfeeding is the best option.
Remember, every breastfeeding journey is unique. It's essential to get the right information and make the best choices for you and your baby. This why we recommend you engage with a breastfeeding consultant.