Do you know the truth about breastfeeding? Take this quiz when you begin to consider infant feeding options in early pregnancy and find out.
1. False. Breastfed babies are healthier. Breast milk contains antibodies that help fight disease.
2. True. Breastfeeding helps the mother's uterus return to its nonpregnant size. It also decreases postpartum bleeding.
3. False. Breastfed babies do not need water. They need to nurse and get colostrum, the first milk. Frequent nursing will help develop the mother's milk supply.
4. False. Poor positioning causes sore nipples. Breastfed babies should nurse 10 to 20 minutes per breast. Nursing for less time can decrease milk production. In addition, the baby will still be hungry and may lose weight.
5. False. Many breastfeeding mothers never have sore nipples. There are ways that sore nipples can be prevented.
6. False. Breastfed babies should be fed on demand. In general, newborns feed every 1 to 3 hours. Breastfed babies should not be kept on a feeding schedule.
7. False. Babies can be breastfed for 3 to 4 years. Many babies wean themselves by one year of age.
8. False. Breast milk contains antibodies and will not spread common viruses. A mother should wash her hands before nursing to prevent spreading germs.