Many times, a new mom will think that she is not producing enough milk, but the truth is that during the first few days, you only produce colostrum. A newborn baby has a very small tummy, the size of a wallnut! He/she only needs a small amount of colostrum during the first few days of life.
2. Myth ~ It’s quite normal for breastfeeding to be painful.
Truth ~ Breastfeeding can cause some nipple and breast sensitivity in
the first few days. If you are experiencing immense pain, it indicates that your baby is not latched on well.
3. Myth ~ A Baby should drink from each breast for a certain amount of time, during each feeding.
Truth ~ A baby should be allowed to finish one breast, before being put on
the other one. This is so that he/she can receive the substantial fatty hind
milk that is released later in a feed. Doing this will decrease runny
explosive stools and colic symptoms.
4. Myth ~ Breastfed babies need extra water.
Truth ~ Breastfed babies do not need any other supplements, breast milk contains everything that a baby needs.
5. Myth ~ You need to wash your nipples before every feed.
Truth ~ A mother does not need to wash her nipples before every feed,
your nipples produce natural cleaning oils, and when you keep washing
them, they may become dry and might crack.
6. Myth ~ If you pump, you will be able to see or calculate how much milk you are producing.
Truth ~ A pump cannot remove as much milk as a baby, and can also not
stimulate the breasts like a baby can. Pumping cannot give an accurate
estimate of how much milk you are producing.
7. Myth ~ Breast milk does not contain enough Iron.
Truth ~ Breast milk generally does contain enough iron, the only reason
why formulas contain more iron, is because the Iron in breast milk is absorbed much easier than the Iron in Formulas.
8. Myth ~ Breastfeeding is more effort and more time-consuming.
Truth ~ It depends on the individual, but most mothers who have breastfed
and formula fed, have said that formula feeding involves more effort. When you formula feed, you have to get the bottles ready and clean them. Breast milk is always available and
at the right temperature, with no cleaning needed afterward.
9. Myth ~ Formulas are just as good as breast milk.
Truth ~ Formula contains no antibodies to help fight infections, no
hormones or enzymes, their protein and fats are very different from
those found in breast milk. Read more about the immune factors found in breast milk.
10. Myth ~ Mom should stop breastfeeding if she becomes sick.
Truth ~ A mother should continue to breastfeed if she is sick, this will
ensure that her baby receives the antibodies that protect him/her later on in life. Read more about breastfeeding while being sick.
11. Myth ~ Mom should stop breastfeeding if her baby is vomiting and has diarrhea.
27. Myth ~ You need to harden and prepare your nipples for breastfeeding.
Truth ~ This is one of the breastfeeding myths that can actually cause more harm than good. Your nipples do not need hardening; mothers that do
harden their nipples, will find that their nipples are more prone to cracking. You can prepare your nipples by applying pure lanolin cream.
28. Myth ~ You should not exercise while breastfeeding.
Truth ~ Even the most strenuous exercise will not have much effect on your breast milk.
Truth ~ This is one of the definite breastfeeding myths. Some of these
babies can learn to breastfeed. ANY amount of breast milk is valuable, even if given in a bottle or tube.
32. Myth ~ Breast milk will ruin your baby's teeth, especially if you breastfeed at night.
Truth ~ Human milk, by itself, helps protect against cavities! One experiment done, found that teeth became stronger when immersed in breastmilk!! Breastmilk also contains lactoferrin, a component that kills strep mutans (the bacteria that causes tooth decay).
33. Myth ~ Breast milk will ruin your baby's appetite, when he/she starts to eat solids.
Truth ~ Even if this was true, should that stop you from breastfeeding? It is reccomended to breastfeed first and then offer other foods, this is because breast milk is more nutrient and vitamin rich than any other food substance you can offer your baby. (Not to mention all the immune boosting, gut protecting substances in breast milk) Some babies have been exclusively breastfed for two years with excellent results!