Since breastfeeding isn’t openly talked about, there are tons of myths regarding it, few more ridiculous than the others. Even moms are often confused about which ones to believe and not. And when it comes to your baby, there’s just no taking chances. So here are the most common myths surrounding breastfeeding, totally busted.
Small breasts means less milk
This is 100% false. The breast tissue needed for breastfeeding grows during the process of pregnancy. Your milk ducts aren’t located in your fatty tissue, which is responsible for boob size. They have already developed. So regardless of your cup size, you’ll be able to provide enough milk for your baby!
Surgery affects breastfeeding
This is true, however it is not true that all women who have had breast surgeries can’t breast feed anymore. It all depends on the type of surgery you’ve had. Most breast enhancement surgeries place silicon cups near the armpit or base of the breasts, which has no effect on the milk ducts. However, if the nipple was removed and then replaced in the process of surgery, then it could cause some problems in the flow of breast milk as it would have disrupted a lot of nerve endings and milk ducts. It’s always better to check with your physician.
Breastfeeding makes your breasts sag
It is true that your breasts may change shape after pregnancy. However, the change in shape is attributed to as a side effect of pregnancy itself, not isolated to breastfeeding. Your breast size will most likely double, whether you breastfeed or not. The weight gain in boobs leads to more pressure on the ligament which holds the breasts. This increased pressure sometimes causes sagging
Breastfeeding is a reliable method of birth control
This originated from the myth that breastfeeding was to space out siblings. This isn’t always true. You may be breastfeeding regularly and you may not have gotten your period yet but don’t associate this with breastfeeding. It may work in most cases but it is not a 100% reliable method of contraceptive.
You shouldn’t feed with a blocked duct
This is the opposite from true. A blocked duct could arise from a change in your baby’s feeding habits. If your baby chooses to sleep more and through their usual feeding time, it could lead to overflow of milk and blocked ducts. The only way to cure a blocked duct is by breast feeding more to release the milk. Make sure your bra isn’t too tight and constricting, as they can cause blocked ducts too.