Common breastfeeding myths and misconceptions

The subject of breastfeeding is one overridden with a good number of misconceptions and old wives’ tale in regards to the dos and don’ts of breastfeeding.
As an intending mother or nursing mother, mentioned below are some breastfeeding myths and misconceptions that will help you understand the real truth about breastfeeding.

Frequent nursing dries out your milk
Breastfeeding your little one often actually helps with the production of milk: breastmilk only dwindles when the nursing mother restricts breastfeeding.

Milk formulas cover your baby’s breastfeeding needs
This is a fallacy that needs to be debunked. There is no way the superficial content of baby formula could provide all the nutrients and vitamins your baby needs to grow healthy. Breast milk is irreplaceable and breastfeeding is most ideal to suit all your baby’s needs.

Small breasts, insufficient milk
This is a source of worry for some intending mums, but the truth is breast size doesn’t have anything to do with milk production. As long as you satisfy the breastfeeding needs of your baby right on time you should be fine.

Frequent breastfeeding and cuddling your baby too much could spoil your baby
This isn’t true. You don’t over pamper or spoil your little one by giving him breast milk or holding him close! It is actually a way of ensuring your baby feels secure, bonds with you and grows up confident and mature.

Wean your child after 6months
This is the drill in this part of the world but the truth of the matter is that nursing mothers don’t necessarily need to stop breastfeeding their baby after some months since breast milk remains the primary source of nutrition for your baby even when he starts taking solids. Breastfeeding continues at least until the child’s immune system is somewhat mature, meaning you’d need to think of a year or two rather than six months before weaning.

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