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14 Myths Busted About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding myths, beware! Chances are, you’ve been fed a few untruths about nursing. But fear not, friend, because I’m here to set the record straight. Let’s uncover the real facts about breastfeeding and say goodbye to all those old wives’ tales. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this.

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your little one right from the very first hour after baby’s birth. Breastfeeding can provide many benefits for both mother and child, including bonding, nutrition, and immunity. Breastfeeding can be a challenging process, especially for first-time mothers. So, here I am busting very common myths related to breastfeeding and sharing the reality to make your breastfeeding journey bit easier:

 

Myth 1 : Breastfeeding is painful

Reality :

Breastfeeding is not always painful but sometimes it can cause cracked, sore and bleeding nipples due to improper latching or the wrong position. There are a few different things you can do to help heal cracked/ sore & bleeding nipples. One is to use a nipple cream or ointment. Try using different breastfeeding positions, expressing some milk before feeding and make sure to position your baby correctly so that baby can latch properly. You can also try using a nipple shield for some relief. breastfeeding can be difficult, but it is worth it for the health of your baby.

 

 

Myth 2 : Newborns don’t know how to breastfeed

Reality :

Newborns are born with a natural reflex to suck and they will usually figure out how to breastfeed on their own. Babies start to practice sucking their finger/thumb in the womb and they can breastfeed within minutes of being born.

It is important to remember that breastfeeding is a learned skill for both the baby and the mother and it can take time and patience to get the hang of it. If you are having trouble breastfeeding, there are many resources available to help you, including lactation consultants.

Most importantly, don’t give up! breastfeeding is worth it for both you and your baby.

 

 

Myth 3 : Breastfeeding will make your breasts saggy

Reality :

It’s a common misconception that breastfeeding will cause your breasts to sag. Breastfeeding can help to improve the appearance of your breasts. breastfeeding helps to tone and firm up the muscles around your breasts, which can help to prevent sagging. Additionally, breastfeeding can help to improve the elasticity of your skin, which can also help to prevent sagging. So, if you’re worried about your breasts sagging after breastfeeding, don’t be! breastfeeding can actually help to keep your breasts looking their best. The main cause of sagging breasts is gravity.

 

 

Myth 4 : Breastfeeding will make you fat

Reality :

Some people believe that breastfeeding can make you put on weight. This is not necessarily true. In fact, breastfeeding can actually help you to lose weight. breastfeeding burns calories, approximately 500 calories a day. so it can help you to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy. breastfeeding also helps your uterus to contract and shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size.

So, if you’re thinking about breastfeeding, don’t let worries about weight gain stop you. breastfeeding is good for you and your baby.

 

 

Myth 5 : You can’t breastfeed if you have small breasts and milk won’t be enough for the baby

Reality :

There is a common misconception that women with small breasts cannot breastfeed and that their milk is not sufficient for the baby. This is simply not true! breastfeeding is possible for all women, regardless of breast size. Additionally, the amount of milk produced is not determined by breast size but rather by how much milk the mother’s body is able to produce. So, whether you have small or large breasts, you can still breastfeed your baby!

 

 

Myth 6 : You can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding

Reality :

You can get pregnant while breastfeeding, although it is not common if you are exclusively breastfeeding and not using any other form of birth control. Breastfeeding can delay the return of fertility for some women, but it is not a reliable form of birth control. If you are breastfeeding and do not want to become pregnant, be sure to use another form of birth control.

 

 

Myth 7 : You need to give your baby(0-6months) water in addition to breast milk

Reality :

Breastfeeding is the only source of nutrition that your baby needs for the first 6 months of life. After that, you can start to introduce other liquids such as water, but breast milk should still be the main source of nutrition. Water should not be given to breastfeeding babies as it decreases their breastfeeding intake, which might cause dehydration. Moreover, water doesn’t have the required nutrients which are essential for the baby’s growth.

 

Myth 8 : Breastfeeding will make your baby spoiled & clingy

Reality :

Breastfeeding will not make your baby spoiled or clingy, It depends on babies’ personality. All babies are different. Some are clingy some are not, no matter how they are fed. Actually, babies who are fed on demand and never forced to finish a bottle or breastfeeding session are less likely to be picky eaters or have tantrums.

 

Myth 9 : You can not use formula milk if you want to breastfeed

Reality :

That’s totally false. If you want to breastfeed your baby, you can give them formula milk as well. There is no need to stop breastfeeding just because you are also giving formula. In fact, breastfeeding and formula feeding work together to provide your baby with the best possible nutrition.

 

 

Myth 10 : If you drink alcohol, you can’t breastfeed

Reality :

You should obviously avoid alcohol as it is not good for your health. But if you drink occasionally in moderate quantity, you can still breastfeed as long as you wait 3-4 hours after drinking up to 60ml of alcohol before breastfeeding. Make sure you are alert and not drowsy while feeding your baby after consuming alcohol.

 

 

Myth 11 : You should wash your nipples every time before breastfeeding

Reality :

Washing your nipples before breastfeeding can remove the natural oils that protect your nipples from infection and increases the risk of developing cracked or sore nipples. maintaining proper hygiene and cleaning your breasts regularly once or twice a day using plain water is enough. Avoid using soaps or other cleansers which cause your baby to ingest harmful chemicals that can be present in soap or other cleansers. Breastfeeding is a natural process and your body is designed to cleanse itself. So, washing your nipples before breastfeeding can disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria on your skin which contributes to the developing immunity of your baby.

 

 

Myth 12 : Milk is not enough for the baby and solid foods should be introduced early

Reality :

Milk is enough for the baby for the first 6 months. Breast milk is complete nutrition for your baby and has many antibodies that can help protect your baby from illness. Introducing solid foods too early can increase the risk of allergies and obesity. It is recommended to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first six months of life. After six months you can introduce solids in the form of puree and can continue breastfeeding along with other liquids and solid foods.

 

 

Myth 13 : You should not breastfeed while lying down

Reality :

Breastfeeding can be done in many different positions, including lying down- the most comforting position to breastfeed. This position can be especially helpful for new moms who are still learning the ropes. You can breastfeed while lying down because baby is in a lying position even while you feed in a sitting position. In fact, this position can be more comfortable for both you and your baby.

 

 

Myth 14 : Expressed milk is not breastfeeding

Reality :

Expressed milk is breastfeeding. It is the best alternative to breastfeeding when a mother is not able to breastfeed directly. Breast pumps are used to express milk from the breasts, which can then be stored in bottles and fed to the baby when needed. So basically baby is having breastmilk only via an indirect medium. Breast pumps are widely used by mothers who can not breastfeed directly, or who want to provide their baby with breast milk even when they are not around.

 

Conclusion

There are a few things to keep in mind if you choose to breastfeed. First, it is important to make sure that your baby’s latch is correct. This means that your baby should have a good seal on the breast, with the nipple far back in their mouth. If you are having trouble getting your baby to latch correctly, ask a lactation consultant or your doctor for help. Additionally, you may want to try different breastfeeding positions to find the one that works best for you and your baby. For example, you might try lying down to breastfeed or using a pillow to support your baby.

If you are breastfeeding, remember that you are providing your baby with all the nutrition they need! Just be sure to stay hydrated and eat a healthy, balanced diet. breastfeeding is an amazing bonding experience for you and your baby, so enjoy it!

Also, here is the list of my favourite nursing and maternity bras to simplify your breastfeeding journey even more.

Let me know in comments if you have heard any myth about breastfeeding that I missed to cover.

 

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