6 Breastfeeding Myths

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments by

1.MYTH: You can’t breastfeed if you have small breast or flat nipples.

REALITY: In no way does outward appearance affect the production of milk or a mother’s ability to dispense it. Breasts and nipples of all shapes and sizes can satisfy a hungry baby. Inverted nipples that don’t become erect when stimulated don’t even usually need any preparation to make them fully functional.

2.MYTH: Breastfeeding is a lot of trouble.

REALITY: Never again will it be so easy to feed your children (once you get the hang of it). Breasts, unlike bottles, are ready when baby is.

3.MYTH: Breastfeeding ties you down.

REALITY: It’s true that breastfeeding is naturally better suited to mothers who plan to be with their babies most of the time. But those who are willing to make the effort to express and store milk, or who prefer to supplement with formula, can satisfy both their need to work— or see a movie, or go to an all-day seminar—and their desire to breastfeed. And when it comes to stepping out with baby, it’s the breastfeeding mother who is more mobile, always having an ample supply of food along no matter where she goes or how long she plans to stay.

4.MYTH: Breastfeeding will ruin your breasts.

REALITY: Much to the surprise of many people, it’s not breastfeeding that affects the shape or size of your breasts but rather pregnancy itself. During pregnancy, your breasts prepare for lactation, even if you don’t end up nursing—and these changes are sometimes permanent. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy, hereditary factors, age or poor support (going bra-less) can also result in breasts that are less firm. Breastfeeding is blame free.

5.MYTH: Breastfeeding didn’t work the first time so it won’t work again.

REALITY: Even if you had trouble breastfeeding your first baby, research shows that you’ll likely produce more milk and have an easier time breastfeeding the second time around. The adage ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ emphatically applies to nursing.

6.MYTH: Breastfeeding excludes dad.

REALITY: A father who wants to be involved in the care of his nursing infant can find ample opportunity—for bathing, napping changing, holding, rocking, playing with, bottle feeding with expressed milk or supplemental formula, and, once solids are introduced, spooning those ‘trains into the tunnel’.


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