Busting Myths Related to Breastfeeding (Video)

Breastfeeding Myths

Some common myths about breastfeeding—busted!

  1. Myth: Women with small breasts produce less milk than those with large breasts

    Truth: Breast size does not affect the production of milk. Unless you have hypoplastic breasts, milk production should not be an issue. Milk storage capacity may differ, so some moms with small breasts may need to nurse the baby more often, but you can still successfully produce enough milk for your child.

  2. Myth: A mother must drink milk to make milk

    Truth: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that drinking milk will affect your breastmilk supply. Staying hydrated (eight to 12 glasses of water daily) and a well-balanced diet (rich in protein, minerals, and vitamins) is essential for nursing moms. Yogurt, cheese, and certain green vegetables are excellent sources of calcium.

  3. Myth: You shouldn't breastfeed if you're sick

    Truth: Mothers can continue to breastfeed through almost any common illness. In fact, you will transfer your antibodies to the baby through breast milk. But make sure to take a rest, stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet. The only exceptions are - you're taking a medication that is not safe for breastfeeding mothers or if you have been diagnosed with HIV, HTLV – ½, ebola.

    Always consult your doctor if you are not sure.

  4. Myth: Exercise will affect the taste of your milk

    Truth: Light to moderate physical activity is safe, in fact, recommended for nursing moms. It does not affect the amount or taste of your breast milk.

  5. Myth: Breastfeeding will cause your breasts to sag

    Truth: Sagging breasts are more likely because of weight gain during pregnancy rather than breastfeeding. After you stop breastfeeding, your breasts will return to their pre-pregnancy size unless you've gained or lost a significant amount of weight.

Make sure to stay hydrated, wear a comfortable, supportive bra.

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