Exclusive breastfeeding sounds like something done at a fancy country club for nursing moms. What it actually means is that you only nourish your baby with breast milk, without supplementing with additional food or drink, for the first few months of a baby's life. It is recommended by experts and said to be good for both baby and mom. But, as with anything parenting-related, there are a few exclusive breastfeeding red flags.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommended that all mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months. This means not giving them any infant formula or baby food, WHO even suggests avoiding water. For some moms, this can be a tough recommendation to follow, especially if they are going back to work. But many moms find a way to work and continue to breastfeed exclusively with the help of their handy breast pump.
Typically, breast milk offers babies complete nutrition, and exclusively breastfed babies will grow and develop as expected. However, sometimes, due to a poor latch or health issues with the baby or mother, breastfed babies can struggle to eat and gain enough weight.
Here are some red flags you should keep an eye out for if you are exclusively breastfeeding.