Suckling reduces the chances of weaning

After the birth of the baby, the most awaited moment for the mother is certainly when breastfeed. However, in some cases, the mother may have difficulties or face factors that contribute to direct breastfeeding at a given time. At this time we must find another way to feed the newborn. In most cases, the family opts for the bottle, but few women know a practical solution that can prevent weaning: breastfeeding cup.

The pediatrician, president of the Scientific Department of Breastfeeding of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics (SBP), Luciano Borges Santiago, explains that “in the bottle is easier for the baby to feed, since he does not have to make much effort. So after contact with her, he probably won't want to breastfeed anymore. That's when the weaning?.

Breastfeeding can be done when the mother needs to be away for a few hours, when she is recovering from a severe fissure in the breast, or when she is back at work, when the mother is not available all the time for the baby. breastfeeding.


The advantage of the cup is precisely to stimulate the baby in a similar way to breastfeeding and avoid weaning. ? The cup carries no risk of newborn? drop? the chest, since the muscles used and the movement performed are very close to breastfeeding. So the possibility of the baby getting confused decreases ?, explains the expert.

But the pediatrician warns of the mother's need for training. There is a correct technique for using the cup. Who offers the milk has to be aware, stare at the baby's face and only turn the cup in the child's mouth when she makes sucking movements ?, explains Santiago. In this case, with attention focused on the baby's reactions, the risks of drowning or choking during breastfeeding decrease.

The suckling cup has a specific shape to cater for newborns and infants. It is made of glass to allow more effective cleaning and reduce the danger of contamination through substances released by the plastic. The use of the cup also brings other advantages such as the reduced risk of facial and dental deformities that the bottle can cause. In addition to decreasing the baby's breathing orally, practice that can lead to airway infections such as otitis, sinusitis and tonsillitis.

Ideally, talk to your pediatrician if your situation does not allow constant breastfeeding. This way he will take all doubts from the woman and guide her to a healthy and safe practice for both mother and child.

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