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Myths and Truths of Breastfeeding

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True/False        1. Breastfeeding is natural. There is no need to learn about it.  

True/False        2. Fair skinned women have more problems with cracked nipples.

True/False        3. Breastmilk is as good as formula.

True/False        4. While at work, breastfeeding women need to give formula to     
                            their babies.

True/False        5. Collecting and storing breastmilk is not a difficult process.

True/False        6. Severe pain in the early days of nursing is normal.

True/False        7. Smaller breasted women have a proportionally lower supply of 
                           milk to give their babies.

True/False        8.  Breastfed babies need water supplements in tropical climates.

True/False        9. Women have to stop nursing because they do not have enough 

True/False       10.  Breastfeeding assists a mother in her weight loss.     


Breastfeeding is a learned art handed down from generation to generation.  Because many previous mothers have chosen to feed their babies "artificial baby milk", lactation consultants have taken over this important role, teaching the fundamentals to help insure success.

It is not the condition of the mother's skin that insures comfortable breastfeeding but rather proper positioning of the baby at the mother's breast.

 Breastmilk is superior to formula.  It has immunity benefits that help protect the infant from illness, promotes bonding and is cost effective, just to name a few.  Studies have also confirmed that when a mother nurses her baby for 9 months to a year, it can increase the babies I.Q. up to 10 points.

While that was true up until recently, now is the best time in the history of the world for working women to provide breastmilk for their babies. There are excellent pumps that help insure success, some taking as little as 10 minutes to do a full pumping.  Ask your lactation consultant (LC) which pump is right for your working circumstances.

5. TRUE 
Most women are naturally multi-taskers (doing many things at once). Nursing women just need to be organized to make this process a success. New equipment has made collecting and storing breastmilk not only more convenient, but safer as well. Your LC has many tips to insure success.

While some mild pain can be normal in the early days, as the baby is stretching the nipple to the back of the palate, severe pain is a sign that something is wrong.  Severe pain should be reported to your lactation consultant so the cause can be identified and treatment solution initiated. 

It is not the size of a woman's breast that determines milk supply but rather the frequency of the feedings.  Think supply and demand - the more milk a mother needs, the more often she should nurse the baby.

While it is true that formula fed babies need water bottles, the same does not apply to the breastfed infant.  Babies need high calories during their feeds. Water has no calories.  Water supplements can make the baby full, pushing the feedings further apart. This will sabotage the mother's breastfeeding efforts, reducing her  milk supply. Giving a breastfeeding baby anything other than breastmilk should only be done under the direct supervision of your Pediatrician.

All women, unless experiencing a medical circumstance, can make enough milk for her baby.  What some don't have is accurate information.

10. TRUE
Breastfeeding women burn more calories when feeding their babies.  They will also lose that weight in two of the hardest areas for most women - hips and bottoms.