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. Formula-fed babies are healthier because formula is sterile and chemically balanced.
2. Breastfeeding benefits the mother and speeds postpartum recovery.
3. Breastfed newborns should be given bottles of water or formula until the mother's milk comes in.
4. Nursing less than five minutes at a time helps prevent sore nipples.
5. All breastfeeding mothers have sore nipples at first.
7. Breastfed babies should be weaned when the first teeth appear.
8. If a breastfeeding mother gets a cold or the flu, she should stop breastfeeding.
1. False. In general, breastfed babies are healthier. Breastmilk 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. Nursing often 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 one to three hours. Breastfed babies should not be kept on a feeding schedule.
7. False. Babies can be breastfed for three to four years. Many babies wean themselves by one year of age.
8. False. Breastmilk contains antibodies and will not spread common viruses. A mother should wash her hands before nursing to prevent spreading germs.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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