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Breastfeeding Quiz: Myth or Not? ANSWERS

Posted by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM
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The answers to the breastfeeding quiz are in the replies below. 

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Breastfeeding Quiz: Are You a Breastfeeding Myth Buster? Start Here! 

by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM
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Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Question 1: Dads cannot bond with baby unless he feeds him/her.

Myth: Dad doesn't need to feed baby in order to bond with him/her. Here are some ways for dad to bond:

  • Give baby his/her bath
  • Change baby's diapers
  • Cuddle with baby-skin to skin

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Question 2: Pump output does not equal what baby is getting from the breast.

Not a myth: Babies are more efficient than a pump when it comes to getting milk from the mother's breast. The best indication of how much your little one is getting is the number of wet diapers. Babies over a week old should have at least 6 wet diapers/day. Extremely wet diapers and poopy diapers count as 2. Babies under a week, should have one wet diaper per day of life (1 wet diaper at a day old, 2 at 2 days old, etc.)

Here are a couple things to remember:

  • Some moms don't respond at all to a pump.
  • The average pump output is 0.5-2 oz, combined of both breasts.
Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Question 3: Breasts need time to refill.

Myth: Breasts are constantly making milk. Research shows that the emptier the breast, the quicker the breast produces milk. 

If you make baby wait to nurse thinking that your breast needs time to refill, you are actually hurting your milk supply instead of helping it. You are telling your breast that it doesn't need to produce as much milk because baby doesn't need what is already there.

Think about a fountain and how the water in a fountain never stops, it's continuous. That is how your milk supply is.

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Question 4: There are numerous benefits to breastfeeding over a year.

Not a myth: We're told by many, especially those in the medical profession that there are no benefits of breastfeeding past a year, that you should wean, however the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends breastfeeding until at least 2 years, if possible.

A child's immune system isn't fully mature until sometime between the ages of 2-5. Until it is fully matured, offering breast milk can help to complement and boost baby's immune system, protecting them further.  

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Question 5: You cannot breastfeed after surgery or other procedures.

Myth: Many doctors and surgeons will tell you that you need to pump and dump after surgery and that you shouldn't nurse immediately afterwards. Unfortunately, this is indeed a myth. If you are planning on having surgery or other procedures, it's recommended that you get a list of drugs that will be used ahead of time and check to make sure they are safe for nursing moms. If they're not, you can check and see if they can use something else.

Here are two websites you can use to check the drugs: and lactmed.

These are also great websites to check when you take or are prescribed other drugs, too, especially common over the counter drugs you'd take for colds, flu, upset stomachs, etc.

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Question 6: Bottles of breastmilk increase in size as baby gets older. 

Myth: Breast milk changes with the needs of baby. Larger bottles are not needed.

Breastfed babies should receive between 1-1.25 oz/per hour away from mom. Bottle should not be larger than 3 oz. at a time. It is recommended that baby be burped after each ounce and the nipple be slow flow. 

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Question 7: Never wake a sleeping baby.

Myth and not a myth: While this is partially true-it's not entirely true. Newborns often do not wake themselves when hungry and sometimes they eat for a few seconds and fall right to sleep. Newborn babies should eat at least 8 times a day and sometimes, you need to wake them to feed them.

There are various reasons for newborns not to wake-pain drugs given to moms during labor/delivery, jaundice, trauma, pacifiers, etc. 

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Question 8: Breastfeeding moms don't need support.

Myth: While breastfeeding a baby is natural and for some moms it comes easy, it's important that every mom has support. Many medical professionals are not experts when it comes to breastfeeding. They don't know how to help a mom who is experiencing problems. 

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Question 9: You can hold your baby too much.

Myth: Studies have shown that babies who are held when they're younger, cry far less and become more secure as they get older. 

Some great ways to hold baby and still be able to do things around the house is by wearing him/her. Some great options for baby wearing are wraps, slings, mei tais and good supportive soft structure carriers like Ergos, Bobas, Becos are good options. 

Baby wearing is also a great option for dad to bond with baby, too. 

Cafe Jenn
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Question 10: Nursing frequently is beneficial and does not cause problems.

Not a myth: Some of the problems frequent nursing supposedly causes are poor milk production, weak let-down responses, unsuccessful nursing, postpartum depression, problems with mom/dad's relationship, and obesity later in life. None of these are true.

Frequent nursing actually helps milk production, let-down and being successful. Nursing on demand is important to the health of your breastfeeding experience. Frequent nursing usually only lasts such a short time (first couple of months with many babies) that it shouldn't cause any problems with mom/dad's relationship. Breastfeeding on demand also helps babies to learn when they are hungry and when they're not.

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