5 Breastfeeding Myths

5 Breastfeeding Myths

1. It is normal for breastfeeding to hurt.

FALSE. Breastfeeding may be uncomfortable at first, but it should not hurt. If it does, ask your nurse for help if you are still in the hospital. If you have already gone home, be sure to call our “Warmline” at 225-924-8239. You will receive a free lactation phone consultation and troubleshooting advice from a registered nurse.

2. You can wait to decide to breastfeed once baby is born.

FALSE. The decision to breastfeed should be made before your baby is born. If you have a written birth plan, you should include your decision to breastfeed. This decision will also give you time to gather a support team and research breastfeeding benefits. We offer a variety of breastfeeding education classes and support groups to help you make the right choice.

3. You should not breastfeed if you are taking medicine.

FALSE. If you get sick, continue breastfeeding because you can safely breastfeed even while you are taking most medicines. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse you are breastfeeding. They will check to make sure your medications are safe to take while breastfeeding.

4. Breastfeeding is impossible when you have more than one baby.

FALSE. You can usually breastfeed when you have more than one baby. Your body will make enough milk to feed all your babies.

5. Modern formulas are almost the same as breast milk.

FALSE. Human breast milk is exactly what your baby needs to grow. Formulas are made to suit every baby, while your breast milk is made to suit your baby. Breast milk helps prevent disease, provide optimum nutrition, promote healthy development and lower the risks of allergy and dental problems. Ultimately, human breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.

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