World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from 1st August to 7th August every year. It is an initiative to encourage breastfeeding and also support new moms. It is the most beautiful experience for any mom but on the other hand, there are many concerns and myths attached to it.
I recently attended an event by Apollo cradle hospitals called Apollo cradle breastfeeding awareness event. It was an insightful session which helped moms to learn about breastfeeding from experts and professionals. The event was held in Bangalore and many mom bloggers attended this event.
The guest speakers were –
- Aparna Jha, Sr. Consultant Gynecologist & Obstetrician
- Srividya, Nutritionist and lactation expert.
- Mohanieshwari, physiotherapist, Childbirth educator & lactation consultant
The session started with the insightful lessons by Dr. Aparna who told us about the common points which all moms must know. May breastfeeding myths were also busted and helped us to understand the reasons why breastfeeding is important for a child. According to her, a mom should exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months and not even give water to the baby.
Benefits of breastfeeding according to the doctor –
- Best possible nutrition for a baby.
- Reduces the chances of infections and diseases in babies even when they grow up.
- It helps to improve the cognitive development of a baby.
Benefits of breastfeeding to a mom –
- Helps to reduce weight.
- Helps in mom and child bonding.
- A mom feels more relaxed and stress-free.
- Long-term benefits are they are protected from deadly diseases like Diabetes, cancers etc.
Breastfeeding myths busted –
- Breastfed babies cry more is a myth. They cry as they miss the warmth of their mom and not because they are hungry.
- Breastfeeding moms can’t have any medications is a myth as there are some safe medicines available which moms can easily take.
- Colostrum is not good is the biggest myth as it is the best for a baby as it is a powerhouse of nutrition.
- Moms cannot breastfeed when they are sick is also a myth as she can breastfeed until and unless she has a major infection which can affect her baby.
- Babies won’t accept a bottle if they are not given the bottle in the first 6 months is a myth. Kids are very adaptive and they will accept it slowly.
After the session with Dr. Aparna, next, we heard about the golden hour of breastfeeding from Dr.Mohanieshwri. She explained the different types of milk and also different positions to hold the baby during breastfeeding. She also discussed some challenges of breastfeeding like engorgement, mastitis, insufficient milk production and emotional stress in moms.
Dr. Srividya explained the nutrition aspect while lactating. She explained the effects of antenatal diet on lactation and also the diet post-delivery.
Breastfeeding myths busted by the nutritionist –
Myth – A new mom should not have water after delivery
Fact – A mom must have enough water after delivery especially after C section as it can lead to a spinal headache.
Myth – Certain food can cause a problem in lactation.
Fact – A mom can have everything which she normally used to have during pregnancy.
Myth – Ghee and dry fruits are a must while lactating.
Fact – They don’t increase milk secretion.
The breastfeeding week drive by Apollo cradle is a great initiative and surely going to help many new and expecting moms. It was a great learning experience as many of our queries were also answered.
Also, read a new mom’s ultimate guide for breastfeeding.
August 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm
Very insightful! Many people do actually believe the myths you have mentioned here. It’s important to bust those myths.
August 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm
Thankfully I Was wellguided after pregnancy. But this is a very good post for new moms
August 10, 2018 at 1:20 am
Great article. Breastfeeding is very essential for the growth of the baby and it also helps nurture the new born.
August 10, 2018 at 9:22 am
Breastfeeding is crucial exclusively for first six months, we all know and accept that. But still there is huge need to create awareness in the mindset of people. I have recently learned that my new born nephew has been recommended by his Doctor to be given cow’s milk as top feed also. Exclusivity dilutes when experts give such instructions. This is a brilliant post Deepa.
August 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm
It’s very important to clarify all myth that stop all mom’s to give proper nutrition to baby.
Keep up good work
August 10, 2018 at 5:04 pm
There should be sessions like this more often. Great initiative to spread awareness on a really important topic..
August 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm
This week breast-feeding was the trending topic and i hv learnt many topic your article is helpful
August 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm
Truly helpful articles about breastfeeding healthy kid is ome who had enuf bf
August 10, 2018 at 8:53 pm
I always knew breastfeeding was a boon for babies but I had no idea that it was so helpful for moms too! Got to know so much!
August 10, 2018 at 9:19 pm
Breast feeding is really important for a mother and Baby’s health ..a great post and intiative for awareness
August 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Breast feedimg helps to form a deep bond.Important to bust the myths.
August 11, 2018 at 12:55 am
Such a lovely initiative.. loved this article because it contains all the information that a mom must know about breastfeeding. Unfortunately lack of awareness is the biggest hurdle that comes in the way of breastfeeding
August 11, 2018 at 10:10 am
This sort of initiatives are much needed. We should be aware of the importance of breastfeeding and also the myths surrounding it.
August 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm
I have been fortunate enough to breastfeed both my kids. Glad to see organisations such as appollo taking the initiative to raise awareness.
August 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm
I have also heard about all these myths after my delivery but I didn’t care that time which I think was a good dicission. It’s really an amazing post for new mommies.
August 24, 2018 at 6:02 am
Lactation consultants are a fantastic resource – they have a wealth of specialist knowledge, and can be a huge help, especially hands-on. More mums should use them! They can make a huge difference. But sadly it seems to me like many mums-to-be don’t even know that LCs exist.