Breastfeeding Tips (2)

breastfeedingComplementary bottles

The introduction of complementary bottles in the first weeks can disrupt the smooth progress of breastfeeding. The introduction of supplements into a breastfed child is a tempting response to women’s doubts about their ability to feed their child enough with their own milk. Except in special cases, this practice is discouraged because it limits the child’s demand within the breast, can lower milk production and increases the risk of early weaning. Do not give breastfed newborns any foods or beverages other than breastmilk, unless indicated otherwise. In a healthy full-term baby who sucks on demand and effectively, there is no risk of dehydration or stunting.


The occurrence of mastitis does not prevent continuation of breastfeeding. Mastitis is an inflammation of the breasts favored by anything that prevents proper drainage of the breasts, including ineffective feeds, too spaced or too short duration. Its treatment requires restoring a good evacuation of the milk. For this purpose, breastfeeding can and should be continued. If breastfeeding is interrupted, the risk is to see a breast abscess. Breastfeed as often and as long as the child wants, giving the breast on both the sick and non-sick sides. There is no risk for the healthy infant.

Breastfeed while working, it’s possible

When returning to work, a continuation of breastfeeding is possible in several ways: breastfeeding morning and evening days worked, resumption of breastfeeding on demand days of rest, collection and storage of milk to feed the child between breastfeeding and if the child is old enough, partial breastfeeding. There are also measures in the Labor Code facilitating the continuation of breastfeeding.  Continue breastfeeding until you return to work and after breastfeeding, breastfeed on demand each time you are with the baby.

A breastfeeding woman can eat anything

Nothing obliges a breastfeeding mother to eat certain foods or to avoid others. Nor is it justified to eat more, hoping to better cover the nutritional needs of the child, or to drink in large quantities to produce more milk. In contrast, alcohol consumption during breastfeeding is discouraged. If abstinence is impossible, the mother should limit herself to 1 or 2 drinks occasionally and avoid breastfeeding afterward. Keep a normal, varied and balanced diet and drink according to your thirst.

Many drugs can be safely given to breastfeeding women

The majority of drugs are spilled in very small amounts in breast milk so that the breastfed child receives a maximum of one percent of the dose ingested by his mother. In case of maternal illness, it is therefore very often possible to find a drug compatible with the continuation of breastfeeding. The Vidal dictionary is not a sufficient source of information to find the right medicine because it discourages or contra-indicates breastfeeding for most products to avoid any medico-legal risk.

Women who smoke can breastfeed

It is better for the breastfeeding mother not to smoke, but if she can not stop, it is better for her to continue breastfeeding. Children of smoky mothers who are breastfed have a lower risk of illness than those fed artificially. In addition, nicotine replacement products for smoking cessation are allowed for women who are breastfeeding. The nicotine they contain passes into the milk but in a smaller quantity than that of the cigarettes smoked by the mother. To further reduce the concentration of nicotine in milk, oral forms are preferable to patch forms. Do not smoke in the presence of the child. Smoking immediately after a feed and wait at least 2 hours before returning the baby to the breast.

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