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Dr. Calibo: “Both breasts contain the same nutrients and composition.”
Belief No. 6: As a mother, I need to “mix feed” because my baby is not satisfied with whatever he/she is getting from me.
Dr. Calibo: “Contrary to this belief, the mother’s breasts adjust to the needs of the baby as he/she grows. Unlike milk formula that is the same all throughout, breastmilk is a dynamic substance that automatically adapts to the age, physiologic and nutrition needs of the baby.
Belief No. 7: Mother is sick or is taking antibiotics or other medicines. Therefore, she cannot breastfeed.
Dr. Calibo: “There are only two absolute contraindicated substances when a mother is breastfeeding—chemotherapeutic (cancer) drugs and radioactive iodine (RAI).
Belief No. 8: I need to wash my nipples (the nipple-areola complex) with soap and water (or just plain water) before my baby breastfeeds.
Dr. Calibo: “This is not needed. Doing this washes away the oils that protect the nipple-areola complex, consequently drying them and making them prone to nipple cracking and soreness.