Breastfeeding Myths and Facts
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Breastfeeding Myths and Facts

Breastfeeding – Myths and facts

Breastfeeding is a very natural way to nurture and nourish your baby. Lets see what are the myths it comes up with:

Myth

It does not matter in this modern world whether you breastfeed or not. Formula is equally good.                                                                                                              

Fact

Basically after prolonged research it has been proved that breast milk has no substitute, it offers the accurate amount of nutrition for babies. Infants are entirely dependent on their mothers for nutrition and you can continue feeding beyond 2 years of age, it offers high protection. Breastmilk is custom-made for every baby that is born and there is no comparison to factory-made milk. Your milk contains anti-viruses, antibodies and anti-allergens to shield your baby and these are not present in the formulas. Breastmilk is easy to digest compared to formulas and it’s always safe to drink.

Formula is definitely the next best substitute.

Myth

Breastfeeding is hard

Fact

Breastfeeding is a matter of practice. First few days it might be challenging for moms to cope up but gradually as the baby sucks, the flow increases. Even if there is limited flow, do not hesitate to feed. Babies born a bit early might have problem in sucking milk; you can support by formula for a week but continue feeding so that the baby gets hold of sucking. You can breastfeed even if your mother or anyone in the family could not. Keep it on moms!

Myth

Breastfeeding could create problem if the mom has to go back to work

Fact

Maternity days are now 6 months and some get extended so what is the harm if you intensely breastfeed for all these days and then use a breast pump? You can always breastfeed before going and after coming back from work. Working moms can plan a breastfeeding schedule and if the baby cries in between, there are nannies and crèches to calm them. Every ounce of milk is vital. Working moms, please do breastfeed, there is no fear.

Myth

Breastfeeding only is not sufficient. The baby cries while feeding means not enough milk

Fact

Once you start off with breastfeeding, there is no need for other fluids, not even water for the first 6 months. The more you feed, the more milk the body produces. Babies have various reasons to cry while feeding, it can be just a gesture, a diaper change, colic or anything else but that does not have anything to do with supply of milk. Breastmilk has its own density, there is nothing called thin milk.

Myth

Formula milk fills up stomach and makes babies healthy. Babies get better sleep by formula feeding

Fact

Formula feed is dense, thus it causes gas and bloated tummy, the baby’s body is stressed. Babies usually love to have breast milk for longer time due to sweet taste; do not think that it’s not filling up their tummy. Breastfeeding gives safer sleep without any gas formation inside the body. Donot even add any sort of cereal in the bottle milk, babies cannot digest before 6 months and even after 6 months, and do nto do this mixing.

Myth

Breastfeeding is tough on moms health, she might not regain health

Fact

Breastfeeding is not hard work but a determination. Bottle feeding in the middle of night is way tougher. Breastfeeding helps to shed off that pregnancy weight, its good not to be fat. Mothers can breastfeed while they are not keeping well, their baby will never get infected. Breast milk is always fresh and there is no sagging of breasts. Breastfeeding mothers feel exhausted sometimes but your internal health is no way affected.

Myth

Moms must allow feeding from both the breasts

Fact

There are babies who get habituated to only one breast and they start cry on switching. Do not get tensed moms because it’s perfect to use one breast, the satisfaction of the baby matters. If you experience a sore in the other breast, just extract/pump the milk out. Infact a baby should finish one breast and then move to the other. Babies feel hydrating drinking the ‘foremilk’ but the ‘hindmilk’ is filled with proteins. So, feeding from one breast for a long time is good.

Myth

You need to prepare your nipples before the baby arrives

Fact

No, this is a natural process and the body reacts accordingly. You do not need to rub nipples to toughen up. Everything will be just fine as the baby latches. Let your nipples remain as supple as they are.

Myth

Breastfeeding is birth control

Fact

Breastfeeding to an extent curbs the chances of getting pregnant but it’s not a proven method

 

Conclusion

The process of breastfeeding is not rocket science; it’s a natural process, a lovely thing that moms prefer to do. 

PS: This article does not want to hurt the moms who for some reasons or by choice could not breastfeed. I respect everyone’s decision.

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