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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-113

Myths about breastfeeding

Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz University, Alkharj, KSA

Correspondence Address:
Hussein Koura
College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz University, PO Box 173, Alkharj 11942
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AZMJ.AZMJ_112_18

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Breastfeeding is an unparalleled way of providing ideal food for healthy growth and development of the infant through its unique biological and emotional influences. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of an infant’s life, with continued breastfeeding and complementary feeding introduced after the first 6 months up to the age of 2 years. Many factors affect breastfeeding, and they can lead to cessation of breastfeeding. Myths about breastfeeding are considered one of main obstacles for continuation of breastfeeding. Physicians and nurses should be aware about common misconceptions and beliefs that make mothers think their milk is not enough or not suitable. They should be able to explain and advise properly. In this article, the most common myths are discussed, and how to deal with them on scientific bases is clarified.

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