You always want what is best for your child. And when it comes to the newborn, you have to be extra careful. And since the only food for a newborn baby is breast milk, there often comes a question of how good or safe breast milk actually is and how you can make it better and filled with more nutrients. A lot of people give different ways and sometimes you don’t know if they are even true or not. Listening to elders is a good thing but sometimes even they can be wrong. With the advancements in technology and research, new facts have been found and the age-old myths have been proven wrong. Thus, we bring to you a list of common myths about breastfeeding.
1. If you have small breasts, there won’t be enough milk for the baby
One of the most prominent myths that more than 50% women believe. This is completely false. The amount of milk produced has no relation to the size of your breasts. Your body will automatically adjust to the needs of your baby and the breast milk will be produced accordingly. If anyone says otherwise then they are just trying to fool you.
2. Breastfeeding will hurt
Another one of the myths that mothers have been believing is that breastfeeding will hurt them and they will feel pain in the breasts. It is not true. Though you might feel a tingling sensation in your breasts, there is no pain that should be felt when you breastfeed. And if your breasts are hurting then there is some problem in latching or some obstruction in your breast.
3. Baby feeding often means you are not producing enough milk
This is a common misconception. Breastmilk is very easy to digest as compared to any other food or puree and thus the baby tends to get hungry often. Feeding the baby every 2-3 hours is a sign of good health of the baby and it doesn’t mean in any way that the baby is not getting enough milk.
4. You need to use both breasts every time you feed your baby
There is no such rule that the baby needs to be fed from both the breasts every time s/he breastfeeds. It is completely normal and perfectly acceptable to feed the baby from one breast. The important part is that the baby should get both the foremilk and the protein-rich hindmilk. Basically, the baby should completely drink from one breast first and then move to the next.
5. You can’t breastfeed after breast surgery
Breast surgery of any kind, be it a reduction or even implants does not affect the milk production in your breasts. Thus, you can say that there is almost no effect of surgery on breastfeeding apart from it being a bit uncomfortable for the baby and you initially. Most of the surgeries involve the incision on the underside of the breast and do not interfere with the milk production ability of the mother.
Breast milk is one of the most important first foods for a baby and thus all mothers should try to breastfeed their newborn to the best of their ability. And different people will indeed tell you different things but it is your responsibility to research their statements and decide whether they are true or false.