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7 Myths About Breastfeeding - Get The Facts
In spite of public awareness campaigns around breastfeeding, many myths and malpractices still abound – some women may even decide not to breastfeed or would stop prematurely because of it.
To help you tell fact from fiction, here are seven of the most common breastfeeding myths:
MYTH 1: Your baby can be allergic to your milk.
MYTH 2: If you nurse your baby every time he fusses, he will learn to "use you as a pacifier".
Myth 3: Many women do not produce enough milk.
The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is poorly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown, on the first day, how to latch a baby on properly, by someone who knows what they are doing.
MYTH 4: Your baby eats "too often", so you must not have enough milk.
Myth 5: Giving the breast a nursing "rest" can help ensure more milk.
This myth got started, because skipping a feeding or pumping 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 feeding. "The only way to ensure a steady supply is to keep expressing milk as regularly as you can." You should nurse at least nine to 10 times a day to ensure milk production.
Myth 6: "Small breasts will not produce enough"
Myth 7: Breastfeeding ruins the shape of your breasts
Heredity plays a large role in this matter, as does excessive weight gain or loss. It is helpful to maintain the tone of the muscles that support your breasts, and avoid large and sudden weight gains or losses, pregnancy-related or otherwise.
It is not necessary to believe something or use it as a basis for a major decision in life, regardless of the source from which it came. Get the facts, gather all the information and make an informed decision -- an informed decision that is best for you and your baby.
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