Breastfeeding is always a hot topic and while there is plenty of scientific literature available on the subject, there are still a number of myths that continue to circulate. If you are currently a nursing mother or plan to be after the birth of your baby, you can rest assured that the following 7 myths are NOT true. Here are 7 myths dispelled.
Myth #1: Babies who are frequently breastfeed grow into obese children.
Actually, the opposite is true. Babies who are weaned from breastfeeding early and fed formula over-enthusiastically are more likely to be obese later in life. Breastfed babies learn to regulate their own feeding pattern and stop eating when they are full and have consumed all they need.
Myth #2: Breastfeeding causes your breast to sag.
Wrong! While pregnancy does cause some changes in your breast, breastfeeding doesn’t play a significant role in determining your breast’s shape in the future. However, your body type, heredity, and excess weight loss and gain do have a role.
Myth #3: If you are planning to go back to work, you can’t breastfeed.
Yes, you can. Breastfeeding gives you an opportunity to bond with your baby, even after you have returned to work. In fact, babies who are breastfed tend to healthier than those who are fed formula meaning moms miss work less often.
When you are not with your baby, pumping is an option. A number of companies allow nursing breaks and even have facilities, such as lactation rooms, where the mom can pump in private.
Myth #4: You won’t make enough milk.
Rarely is this the case. For the first few days after your baby is born, you will produce small amounts of colostrum, which is full of proteins, vitamins, and disease fighting agents. This will fulfill your baby’s needs until your breast milk comes in.
If you are unsure whether or not your baby is gaining sufficient weight, it may be because he or she is not latching on to the breast properly. Visit your doctor or a lactation consultant for assistance that will make breastfeeding easy.
Myth #5: Today’s formula is just as good as breast milk.
No, nothing can match the real thing. Human milk contains lives cells and antibodies that help prevent infections, as well as enzymes, hormones, and other crucial ingredients that a formula company simply can’t replicate in a lab.
Myth #6: When it is hot outside, breastfed babies need extra water.
Regardless of how cold or hot it is, breast milk has all the water your baby needs. However, it is important for nursing moms to make certain they are getting enough fluids. Hydration is the key to producing enough breast milk for your baby. A simple rule to follow is to never allow yourself to get thirsty.
Myth #7: When a breastfed baby has diarrhea or vomiting, it is time to stop breastfeeding.
Actually, breastfeeding is considered the best treatment for any type of intestinal infection. If a baby is breastfeeding sufficiently, he or she rarely needs supplement fluids. (This is something you should discuss with your baby’s doctor.)