Myths Related to Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be defined as one of the most novel acts for a mother. It is the best way for you to build your child’s immunity and is the complete food. However there are certain aspects that can create apprehensions and doubts in the new mothers. Given below are few myths that are associated with breastfeeding:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Myths associated with Breastfeeding:

1. Breastfeeding is painful

There is an uncomfort while your body is adjusting  to motherhood and breastfeeding. This uncomfort will go away gradually. At the same time there are remedies available. In the early weeks, post delivery mothers can experience swelling and engorgement and nipples can become sensitive cracked or sore however after a few weeks the same will improve.

2. Expressed breast milk can soothe

According to studies breastfeeding the baby directly is more beneficial than expressed breastmilk. The same helps in reducing nipple pain and promoting healthy skin.

3.  Switching back and forth between breast and bottle

Switching your baby between a bottle and breast milk may cause nipple preference.  It is not a good option to introduce artificial nipples before the baby has had time to learn natural sucking motions.

4.  Breastfeeding mothers must use both breasts at each feeding

The composition and consistency of breast milk varies from the start to the end of a feeding. In the beginning of a feeding, the fore milk is hydrating. The thicker milk at the end of the feeding is full of protein and fat that helps the baby grow. Hence the mother can feed the baby from any breast as per her convenience.

5.  Breastfeeding shortchanges partners from bonding with the baby

Breastfeeding is an important exercise that mothers share with their baby and there are plenty of non-feeding activities available for the other parent to use as their own private and intimate moments.

6.  Expectant mothers should rub rough terry cloths on their nipples

Toughening  nipples can cause soreness on already tender, expanded skin.

If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned it is best that you consult a gynecologist or a lactation counselor at the earliest. Please do not get disheartened and do not discontinue breastfeeding.