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Six common myths and facts about breastfeeding



You will receive a world of advice on breastfeeding from your family or friends as a new mother. But the piece of advice they impart may not necessarily be the truth. Some of the myths related to breastfeeding are around for a very long time. Well, it’s time to bust some breastfeeding myths to make life simpler for you. Here is a list of six common myths to watch out for:

Myth 1: Many women cannot produce enough milk

False, most of the women make enough milk for their babies. It may be just your perception that you are not able to make enough milk for your little one. You should watch out for the signs that indicate breastfeeding is going well rather than concentrating on your breast size or the feeling of fullness.

If the mother is fully motivated and provided a favourable environment, she can produce enough milk for her baby. One of the important measures to ensure success is frequent breastfeeding. If you feel you are not making enough milk for your baby, there are many ways to increase your breast milk supply, so don’t give up!

Myth 2: It is usual for breastfeeding to hurt

Though most of the new mothers experience pain when they have just begun breastfeeding, it could be due to incorrect latching, inadequate care of breasts, nipples and areola. If you make sure that your baby is correctly latched, soreness can be avoided. In case you are facing challenges while breastfeeding, it is advised to consult a lactation specialist so that you overcome the issues.

Myth 3: Baby becomes clingy due to breastfeeding

No! All babies are different, some are clingy while some are not. Breast milk is an ideal nutrition for the baby and has a lot of benefits to the mother and the baby. Due to the large amount of skin-to-skin contact that is involved breastfeeding promotes bonding.

Myth 4: Wash your nipples before you breastfeed

There is no need to wash your nipples before you breastfeed your baby. Babies are already familiar with how their mother smells and sounds. Washing your nipples before breastfeeding may wipe off the natural oils and ‘good bacteria’ that help with the baby’s immunity.

Myth 5: Stop breastfeeding if your baby has diarrhoea

Breastfeeding is the ideal medicine for your sick baby. There are certain substances in breast milk that protect the baby’s digestive system and help to fight off the illness. Breast milk also ensures that your baby isn’t dehydrated. Additionally, it’s a great source of comfort.

Myth 6: Breastfeeding mothers should never use formula

deally, you should exclusively breastfeed your baby, but an odd formula feed can be given until you achieve an adequate breast milk supply. While feeding the baby, milk should either be given by a spoon or a cup and not a feeding bottle. It’s always best to consult a lactation expert to help figure out a plan and the best formula brand for you.

If you have doubts regarding breastfeeding, it’s best to consult your doctor or lactation specialist to get a clear idea. Every mother will have a different experience with breastfeeding. Being aware of the myths and staying well-versed with breastfeeding facts can ensure you to provide your baby with all the nutrition required.

Disclaimer: Indian Health Bureau does not claim any responsibility for the information contained in this article. The information may not hold good for everyone. The post is for general awareness only and should not be construed as a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Please consult your doctor to know what is good for you.

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