There Are Many Common Breastfeeding Myths You Should Never Fall For.

Breastfeeding is awesome for your baby - and for you. Really. Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer...
Breastfeeding is awesome for your baby - and for you. Really. Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that breastfeeding is known to lower your risk for developing breast cancer. That's excellent news. Still, not all breastfeeding news is good. There are plenty of myths surrounding breastfeeding, such as... 1. If you're breastfeeding you can't get pregnant! Yeah, good luck with that. Repeat after me - "Breastfeeding is not birth control." breast milk, breastfed babies, Breastfeeding, breastfeeding myths, breastfeeding problems, breastfeeding support, facts about breast milk, help with breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, how to successfully breastfeed 2. If your diet is less than perfect, it's better to give a baby formula: Nope. Even if your diet sucks eggs, it's still better, for your baby, if you breastfeed. You may run into problems though. A poor diet harms you (the mama) and can make milk production harder. That said, in purely terms of nutritional content, your breast milk is almost always healthiest for your baby unless you're taking illegal street drugs or a medication that your doctor advises you not to take while breastfeeding. 3. Your breasts don't feel full so you must not have enough milk: OR you're simply breastfeeding well and often, as you should be. That uncomfortable engorgement you hear about happens when you don't breastfeed enough or go too long between feedings. Normally, if you're feeding your baby often, your breasts WILL have enough milk, but they won't feel overly full. 4. You can't breastfeed during a crisis: You can and should actually breastfeed during a crisis. Breastfeeding during a very stressful time may lower your stress and keeps your baby hyper healthy. 5. Breastfed babies don't get enough food: Not true. Many mamas think this because their baby is always attached to their chest. It's easy to think, "He's always eating, so he must not be getting enough." However, breastfed babies eat more often than formula fed babies as a rule - formula is heavier. Plus, for many babies breastfeeding is a comfort issue; it's fun and they like to take their time. 6. Breastfeeding makes you thin: Sadly, no. This is a huge myth. Believe me, I've talked to many mamas. In my experience the only thing that makes you lose that baby weight is dedicated exercise and a healthy diet. 7. Breastfeeding means less sleep for mamas: In my case it meant more sleep. Think about it - would you rather get up at 3am, get a bottle, get the formula, heat the formula then feed the baby OR pop out a boob and then continue to sleep as your baby eats? Um... co-sleeping and breastfeeding in bed was one of the only ways I got any sleep with a newborn. Bottles are a ton of work, while most mamas become pro at breastfeeding laying down very quickly. 8. Formula is just as good as breast milk: I'm an advocate for breast or bottle or both - whatever works best for a mama is what IS best for that family. However, nutrition wise, formula cannot beat breast milk. Breast milk is perfectly suited to your baby. Formula, while good for some families is still not as good as breast milk. 9. If you get sick you should switch to formula for a while: This is a bad idea. One, if you're sick with a cold or flu, you can pass immunity on to your baby via breast milk. Two, if you're sick due to a breast infection, breastfeeding will help you not only feel better, but get better quicker. In very few cases will you be so sick that breastfeeding is out of the question. 10. Breastfeeding always hurts: There is sore and then there is pain. Pain when breastfeeding is not normal. If you have pain you one, aren't breastfeeding correctly or two, you may have an infection. Either way, your midwife, doctor or a breastfeeding / lactation consultant can help.

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