Breastfeeding quiz

False. In general, breastfed babies are healthier. Breastmilk contains antibodies that help fight disease.

True. Breastfeeding helps the mother's uterus return to its nonpregnant size. It also decreases postpartum bleeding.

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.

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.

False. Many breastfeeding mothers never have sore nipples. There are ways that sore nipples can be prevented.

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.

False. Babies can be breastfed for three to four years. Many babies wean themselves by one year of age.

False. Breastmilk contains antibodies and will not spread common viruses. A mother should wash her hands before nursing to prevent spreading germs.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015