January 11, 2020
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and then continue if possible until age two or more. Many people wrongly believe that breastfeeding is simple. However, there are many other circumstances, such as the season, that complicate the situation. Sarah María Vega Sánchez, a Pediatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma, clarifies some myths about this practice during the hot summer months.
A baby needs to drink water during the summer
False. Breast milk provides the newborn with all the liquid needed. “Several studies indicate that if the mother breastfeeds her child every time she is asked for or thinks it is needed, the child will stay well hydrated, even in places with very hot climates, such as Iquitos.” The appearance of milk changes throughout the day. “This is to provide the newborn with the exact liquid needed. A bottle of water can cause pollution and disease.”
Cold drinks change milk temperature
False. Milk will always come out warm and at the perfect temperature for the child. “Breastfeeding mothers can drink very cold drinks or eat ice cream. They should not feel that it affects the child and thus they will have pleasant breastfeeding”, recommends Dr. Vega. “Breast milk always comes out in perfect conditions and ready for the baby. It never cuts or becomes sour, and it always comes out warm”, she adds.
Breastfeeding mothers are prohibited from drinking alcohol
Although alcohol passes directly into breast milk, it is false that breastfeeding mothers are prohibited from consuming it. “The important thing is to remember to take it in very small amounts and preferably immediately after breastfeeding the child. A small glass of champagne on a special occasion is allowed”, says the expert. Dr. Vega recalls that babies should drink milk on demand, especially in summer, to be well hydrated.
Dra. Sarah Vega
Pediatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma