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5 Breastfeeding myths busted

Pregnancy and child birth is surrounded by old-wives’ tales and myths passed down through generations. We’ve got the facts.


Pregnancy and child birth is surrounded by old-wives’ tales and myths that are passed down from generation to generation. So it’s not surprising that many new moms are told myths about breastfeeding as well. We’re here to bust some of the most common breastfeeding myths.


# MYTH 1: Breastfeeding mums should not breastfeed when they are sick.

Fact: If you have a cold, flu, or other minor virus, keep on breastfeeding. Breast milk gives your baby the best protection against sickness. The protective antibodies it contains help your baby’s developing immune system fight off infection and illness. Plus, chances are if you have a contagious illness, your baby was exposed to it even before you showed symptoms. However, it’s still important to make sure you wash your hands, avoid coughing and sneezing near your baby, and put those kisses on hold for a few days!


# MYTH 2: Breastfeeding Hurts!

Fact: While initiating breastfeeding in the first few days can sometimes be tender and uncomfortable, it should never hurt, and that discomfort should never last more than these first few days. If you dread breastfeeding because of the pain, chances are something is wrong. If you have consistent pain during breastfeeding, your baby could be latching poorly or you could be suffering from an infection.


# MYTH 3: You can't get pregnant if you're breastfeeding

Fact: If you are having sex, it is completely possible to get pregnant, whether you’re breastfeeding or not. However, you are much less likely to conceive if you are within the first six months of breastfeeding, your period has not returned, and you are not supplementing with formula. But unless you are ready for another baby, you should be discussing other birth control options with your OB-GYN.


# MYTH 4: You should not breastfeed when you're taking medications

Fact: There are a lot of medications out there that are compatible with breastfeeding. Just remember to tell your doctor that you are breastfeeding, and they will know what to do. If you buy medications over the counter and in doubt, go to www.e-lactancia.org and just key in the name of your medication. They will tell you whether the medication is compatible with breastfeeding. The website is founded by a panel of paediatricians and pharmacists, so mums you are in good hands.


# MYTH 5: Many mothers can’t produce enough milk

Fact: Almost all mothers produce the right amount of milk for their babies. Breastmilk production is determined by how well the baby is latched on to the breast, the frequency of breastfeeding and how well the baby is removing milk with each feeding. Breastfeeding isn’t a ‘one woman’ job and mothers need support. Support like ongoing breastfeeding guidance from health care providers, help at home, and staying healthy by eating and drinking well. 

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