Review Article
Volume 7 Issue 9 - 2018
Myths and Realities in Human Breastfeeding
Evelyn Mercedes Niño*
Pediatrician-Children’s Gastroenterologist-Counselor in Human Breastfeeding, Venezuela
*Corresponding Author: Evelyn Mercedes Niño, Pediatrician-Children’s Gastroenterologist-Counselor in Human Breastfeeding, Venezuela.
Received: June 18, 2018; Published: August 08, 2018
Citation: Evelyn Mercedes Niño. “Myths and Realities in Human Breastfeeding”. EC Paediatrics 7.9 (2018): 842-845.
Human breastfeeding represents the ideal diet for infants and young children, it must be exclusive during the first six months and continued with complementary feeding up to two years and more, as recommended by the WHO/UNICEF Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategy (2002). It represents endless benefits for infants, mothers, families, the environment and society, backed by scientific evidence, however there are multiple factors that impair their performance, among which the existence of detrimental myths stands out, which diminish the confidence of the mothers and make them doubt their natural capacity to breastfeed, mainly in those that confront difficult situations in the practice of breastfeeding, inducing them to supply formula to their babies, as a complement or substitute of breast milk, finally determining their abandonment. In the following work, reference will be made to a series of frequent myths both globally and nationally, based on the review carried out, pointing out in each of them the respective reality. Their knowledge and dissemination is of utmost importance for the promotion and support of human breastfeeding.
Keywords: Human Breastfeeding; Myths; Realities; Promotion; Support
Copyright: © 2018 Evelyn Mercedes Niño. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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