Is breastfeeding bad for your eyesight?

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Is breastfeeding bad for your eyesight?

Many women fear that breastfeeding will decrease vision or worsen myopia, but this is not the case: only slight transient changes in vision can occur. Breastfeeding does not cause lowering of visual acuity and myopia is not a contraindication for breastfeeding!

It is one of the most frequent doubts for new mothers: can breastfeeding cause you to lose your sight? In fact, there may be changes, such as a decrease in visual acuity, but they are absolutely physiological and temporary. Already during pregnancy changes occur. important in the elasticity and degree of hydration of the tissues that make up the eye. These changes cause the eye to change some of its properties, but everything is within the norm. Simply, if the mother is breastfeeding, it takes a little more time to return to the parameters. Myopia, therefore, does not get worse with breastfeeding and does not pose any risk to the mother's sight, even if the "departing" is already short-sighted. It is true that, after the period of breastfeeding, some women may find that their myopia has worsened, but this is due to the fact that myopia is a degenerative eye disease that tends to progressively worsen over time, not only in women. breastfeeding, but also in women who have not breastfed. Therefore, the real contraindications to breastfeeding are others!
If, however, the new mother already presents important ocular pathologies before pregnancy, it is necessary to contact the specialist who will evaluate, case by case, what to do.

1. Ministry of Health. Breastfeeding
2. Campania Region. Health Department. Breastfeeding Successfully: A Parent's Guide. Available on the website: Asl Napoli 1 Centro
3. Ministry of Health. Breastfeeding: old myths to dispel, real contraindications

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