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5 Common Myths and Facts about the Breastfeeding

December 3, 2020

If you are a new mom and just started breastfeeding your baby, it is the best step you took for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is beneficial for you as well as the baby. It’s the only source of nutrients for the baby at least for the first 6 months. It is beneficial for you as well.

It helps in shrinking your uterus, beats the postpartum depressions if any and also decreases the risk of breast cancer. Breastfeeding is also the best way to build a strong bond between you and your baby.

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Breastfeeding can be skilled only by practice and thus, carries a lot of myths around itself. So, we are here to help you sort out some of the common myths attached to the breastfeeding.

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MYTH 1# It is normal to hurt while Breastfeeding

FACT: Majority of new moms believe that Breastfeeding hurts. Though it is true that a new mother’s nipples may feel tender for the first couple of weeks, if your newborn latches on properly, there shouldn’t be any pain or soreness. Thus, it becomes important for you to consult experts for help.

MYTH 2# Breastfeeding makes your breast sag

FACT: Many moms believe that breastfeeding affects the size and shape of the breast. So, the mothers either don’t breastfeed their babies or stop earlier than they planned. But, experts say that it’s the number of pregnancies a woman has which causes the breasts to sag and it has nothing to do with breastfeeding.

So, now you can breastfeed your baby without any other worries.

MYTH 3# Breastfeeding helps you shed the weight gained during pregnancy.

FACT: New mommies, here you have another or one more reason to celebrate! Breastfeeding does help the new moms in reducing the baby weight. How? The breastfeeding activity burns around 300 to 500 extra calories in a day plus helps your uterus to return to its pre-baby size. This helps you lose weight faster and easier.

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MYTH 4# Giving the breast a nursing rest can help ensure more milk

FACT: Experts say that this myth is baseless and false. According to them, the more you nurse, the more milk you make. There are also chances of reducing milk production if you break the regular nursing schedule. It’s time for you to stop worrying about these unproven and unverified statements, and keep breastfeeding your baby at every 2-3 hours interval.

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MYTH 5# Formulae fed babies sleep better than the breastfed babies

FACT: The bottled milk isn’t easy to digest, so the formulae fed babies tend to stay full for a longer period of time when compared to breastfed babies. Since they remain fuller for more hours; they may sleep for longer hours as well. But, they do not sleep better.

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So, make sure you breastfeed your baby and build a strong mother-baby relationship.

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