Breastmilk contains all the necessary nutrients required for adequate development of newborns and babies. In recent times, people have invented several myths, to defend their decision not to breastfeed their babies.
So, we will be examining some of the popular myths and making corrections where possible.
Popular Breastfeeding Myths.
New Mothers Don’t Make Enough Milk
It’s true that women don’t produce milk for 3-5 days after giving birth, but they do make a thick, concentrated liquid called colostrum – which is what the newborn requires for the first few days of birth.
So, mothers are advised not to be apprehensive when they encounter this, because it is only normal.
You can’t breastfeed after breast surgery
Breast surgeries often involve incisions on the underside of the breast that don’t interfere with milk production or delivery. Though women who have had breast reductions may have more difficulty – especially if nerve endings around the nipple have been cut.
It causes the breasts to sag
One reason many women with breast implants don’t breastfeed (or stop earlier than planned) is because they think it will change the appearance of their breasts. But, on the contrary, it’s the number of pregnancies a woman has that affects the physical appearance of the breast, not whether she breastfeeds. Droopy breasts are a result of hormonal changes during pregnancy that cause the ligaments underneath them to loosen and stretch. So, as you gain weight during pregnancy and your breasts become larger and heavier, they may begin to sag.
It is supposed to be painful
A lot of mothers expect breastfeeding to hurt, and it is true that new mothers’ nipples may feel tender for the first couple of weeks, but if the baby is latching properly, there shouldn’t be real pain or soreness. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a lactation consultant at the hospital (and perhaps after you go home) who can help you and your baby make the process as comfortable as possible.
If babies feed a lot, that means they aren’t getting enough milk
Because breast milk is so easy to digest, babies generally get hungrier sooner than if they are formula-fed. It’s appropriate for your breastfed newborn baby to feed every two to three hours.
Giving the breast a nursing rest can help ensure more milk
The more you nurse, the more milk you make. Breaking your regular nursing schedule to rest the breast actually may reduce your milk supply.
This myth seems to have begun because skipping a feed during the day results in greater supply of milk at night. But by the next day you will have less milk if you skip a feed. The only way to ensure a steady supply is to keep feeding or expressing milk as regularly as you can. Experts suggest that you should nurse at least nine to 10 times a day to ensure milk production.
You can’t get pregnant while nursing
If you are having sex, you can get pregnant regardless of whether you’re breastfeeding. However, you’re less likely to conceive if you are within the first six months of breastfeeding, your period has not returned, and your baby is nursing every two to three hours, even at night. Unless you’re ready for another child, talk to your doctor about your best birth-control options.
SEE ALSO: Benefits Of Exclusive Breastfeeding
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