Breast Feeding Myths
Myths About Breastfeeding
Breast Feeding Myths
Breast feeding Myths 1: Breastfeeding is too
There may be some initial pain as mum and
get used to the process of breastfeeding, after a week or
two, if mum is nursing properly, there should be no pain resulting from breastfeeding.
experience pain because the baby is not latched on properly.
2: Breastfeeding will
make the baby too dependent on its mother:
Babies who breastfeed are no more dependant on their mums
than any other baby. They do, however, enjoy the
closeness and security felt only through breastfeeding.
breastfed babies tend to be independent and social.
Breastfeeding Myths 3: Breastfeeding is
Breast milk is very sanitary and is the most perfectly
balanced form of nourishment for babies. Moreover, its
composition changes with the nutritional needs of infants
and toddlers, something that does not occur with formula.
Many pediatricians agree that as long as a child is
receiving calcium from some source,
cow’s milk is not an absolute necessity.
Breastfeeding Myths 4: Breastfeeding is not
possible for a mum with small breasts:
The size of a mums breasts have nothing to do with her
ability to produce milk. Breast milk is produced by
stimulation of the nipples from infant suckling, regardless
of breast size.
5: Breastfeeding is too
Mums who nurse agree that
breastfeeding is much more timesaving than consuming.
There are no formulas to mix, nor any bottles to sanitize,
clean and heat.
Breast milk is always ready, the right temperature and the
perfect amount the baby needs at any given moment.
Mums don’t even have
to leave the bed for those nighttime feedings.
Breastfeeding Myths 6: Breastfeeding has to
stop when a mum returns to work:
Many mums enjoy the continued benefits of breastfeeding
after they return to work. They can purchase or rent
quality breast pumps to pump their milk during the workday.
Expressed breast milk can be stored in a refrigerator or
cooler (and for months in a freezer) for baby while mum is
An added benefit of continued breastfeeding upon
return to the workplace is that mother and baby have a
special bonding time at the beginning and especially at the
end of the day.
can really breastfeed if you want to!
You are encouraged to strongly consider breastfeeding
because of its many benefits.
Successful breastfeeding requires support from a nursing