Breastfeeding is a hot topic and its benefits are constantly highlighted in the media. Despite these efforts, however, there are still a number of negative (and inaccurate!) myths floating around. Wrong notions about breastfeeding are dangerous as they may lead you to make unwise decisions. This article clears the air:
“Many women don’t breastfeed and their babies turn out fine!”
On the surface, yes … but non-breastfed babies are actually more prone to illnesses and allergies such as eczema, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Some studies have also shown that non-breastfed babies grow up with increased risk of diabetes and obesity.
“My small breasts probably can’t produce enough milk.”
Breast size is determined by fat tissue, which has nothing to do with milk production. Milk production depends on the size of the mammary glands inside the breast. Mammary glands are the same no matter how big or small your breasts are.
“Forget breastfeeding. I don’t want saggy breasts!”
Breastfeeding does not cause saggy breasts; ageing and gravity do. In fact, breastfeeding gets you back in shape faster by burning fat stored during pregnancy. It also releases hormones which help your uterus contract and shrink back to its normal size!
“But doesn’t breastfeeding hurt?”
No. Although some mothers may feel some tenderness at the beginning, this does not last very long. Any pain after a few days is probably because your baby has not latched on to your nipple and areola properly. Learn how to get him to latch on the right way.
“Breastfeeding’s too troublesome!”
Breastfeeding actually frees you from having to lug equipment around and worry about milk supply, storage or preparation. Plus, you can breastfeed anytime, anywhere and it is free.
“Why bother? I’ ll be going back to work anyway.”
Whatever amount of breastfeeding given will benefit baby. Besides, returning to work is not the end of breastfeeding. Your baby’s caregiver can feed him your expressed breast milk during the day and you can still breastfeed after work in the evenings.