I’m pretty sure all you soon-to-be or (currently) breastfeeding mommies have been bombarded by loads of tips and tricks when it comes to breastfeeding online or even by friends and family! But the question is, are they facts or myths? Well, don’t get confused! Let me straighten up
5 Breastfeeding Myths you have probably heard before!
#1 Breastfeeding mommies should only eat plain food
Breastfeeding mommies should eat like how a normal person would that is a healthy, balanced diet. There is no need to change your food habits when you are on your breastfeeding journey unless you have food allergy, of course. Your baby is exposed to your food preferences since they were in the womb. However if you think your baby reacts a certain way to the food you consumed, it is best to consult your doctor.
#2 Drink milk = produce more milk
Drinking milk has nothing to do your breast milk supply! You are however should always keep yourself hydrated with any form of liquid — fruit juices or even just plain water. It is very important to have a healthy diet as your body will take up the necessary nutrients to add to the breast milk. Hence if you are not eating healthily, your body will further be undernourished as it continues to supply the baby with nutrients.
#3 Breastfeeding always hurt
Breastfeeding rarely hurts. You however, may experience discomfort in the first few days after birth when your baby is learning to breastfeed. Your nipples may become sensitive due to an increased hormone level after delivery and increased contact with your baby during feeding. But with the right support positioning your baby while feeding and ensuring your baby is correctly attached to your breast, sore nipples can be prevented. But if it does occur, you can always get support or consult a skilled professional or use a nipple butter!
#4 You should wash your nipples before a feed
Washing your nipples before breastfeeding your baby is not necessary! When babies are born, they are already familiar with their mommy’s scents and sounds. The nipples produce a substance that the baby smells and has ‘good bacteria’ that could help to promote babies’ immunity for life.
#5 Many mothers do not produce enough breast milk
Most if not all mothers produce enough breast milk for their babies. There are indeed many women who think they don’t or can’t produce enough milk supply to support her baby’s needs. But you should know that breast milk production is determined by the ability of your baby latched on to the breast, the frequency of breastfeeding, how well your baby is removing the milk with each feeding. Also pay attention to the number of wet and poopy diapers which shows that your baby is well-fed 🙂
Now that these myths have been busted, you can now continue to breastfeed peacefully! I know this journey can be hard on some mothers and please know that it is not a ‘one woman job’ and you need all the support that you can get! Please don’t be shy or scared to ask for help. Always reach out to your husband and loved ones if you ever need anything. Always be in a positive and supportive environment and think of happy thoughts only. You can do this and we are all rooting for you, mommies! Happy breastfeeding! ❤