Doubts about breastfeeding resolved for new mothers

What easy Everything is done when the instruction book is opened and until the last doubt is resolved. However, how to face the unknown without any support in which to consult the questions? This is a dilemma that many new mothers are made to know the good news: pregnancy. One of the aspects that can cause more doubts is the lactation.

Breastfeeding involves feeding babies, providing a sustenance that not only satisfies your hunger, but also gives you antibodies and other benefits to prevent possible diseases in children. For this reason many mothers wonder how to do it well, a response that they solve from the Spanish Association of Pediatrics, AEP, with a list that includes answers to what goes on in the head of these women.

Doubts about breastfeeding

From the AEP these questions are answered to those mothers who face the breastfeeding process for the first time:

Are there contraindications to breastfeeding?

From AEP it is recommended that those mothers with infections dangerous for the child do not breastfeed the minors to avoid possible infections. In the same way it contradicts women with galactosemia, a disease with very few babies born that does not allow them to digest milk lactose, which is why it contraindicates breastfeeding.

Are there special circumstances for the start of breastfeeding?

Once the mother or child fell ill, it must be remembered that most diseases are compatible with breastfeeding and will also evolve better thanks to breastfeeding. In these cases it is recommended to consult with lactation professionals to advise you if you have any doubts. Even in gestations of twins or triplets or premature babies it is possible and it is recommended to breastfeed.

Are there special circumstances for the start of breastfeeding?

If the mother or child ever falls ill, it is remembered that most diseases are compatible breastfeeding and also, will evolve better thanks to breastfeeding. If due to medical problems you need to be separated from your baby after delivery, breastfeeding will also be possible. In these cases, the stimulation-extraction of milk manually or with a pump is essential, as soon as possible, ideally in the first 6 hours after delivery.

Will I be able to breastfeed if I have to take medication during breastfeeding?

If the mother needs medication during pregnancy or delivery, it is necessary to consult a doctor. The vast majority of medications can be used during breastfeeding. But keep in mind that not all prospects are focused on the compatibility of these to breastfeed.

Preparation for breastfeeding

From the AEP it is recommended to mothers that if they have too many doubts about breastfeeding, there are ways to prepare for this process:

- Go to maternity classes taught by health professionals.

- Seek help, support, advice and information from expert lactation professionals (nurses, midwives, gynecologists, pediatricians, family doctors ...).

- Ask everything you need or worry in each visit to the gynecologist.

- Talk with other members of the family to organize a small support network at home and thus be able to dedicate yourself peacefully to enjoy breastfeeding.

Damián Montero

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