The medical world has sung the praises of breastfeeding as one of the most surefire ways to boost baby’s health and chances for survival. For one, it’s all naturally produced, the blessing of being a mom. Second, it’s got tons of benefits like being the source of optimal nutrition, important antibodies, and promoting healthy weight for babies, among many others. However it has been proven beneficial, however, there are some particular myths surrounding breastfeeding that many moms tend to believe. Let’s explore and bust them here:
Myth #1: It’s normal for breastfeeding to hurt
In the first few days after birth, experiencing discomfort as you nurse your baby can be inevitable. Even if they are latched on properly to the breast, there might even be instances of about 30 to 60 seconds of pain. But (here’s the big but), the pain should ease and not persist. Persisting pain while breastfeeding can result in soreness and lead to serious repercussions if left untreated.
Myth #2: Moms can only eat plain food while breastfeeding
This is a big fat no. In fact, nursing moms have to eat a balanced diet from fruits, to veggies, to protein, and yes, even some lactation treats to ensure that their little ones are exposed to a complete set of nutrition that they need. Still, it is best to consult your doctor if there is a particular type of food you should avoid, since breastfeeding varies from mom to mom.
Myth # 3: Breastfeeding is easy
Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding actually takes time and practice for both mommas and babies. Usually, you won’t be able to get it right on your first few tries because of wrong positioning, discomfort, improper weaning, or other factors like when you feel you can’t produce enough milk. But just be patient and don’t you worry, mommy. You’ll get the hang of it.