Breastfeeding Myths Part 2

Please read the Breastfeeding Myths Part 1 before you read this second Part of the most breast feeding Myths
“You have to feed formula until your milk comes in.”

Breast milk isn’t usually present, at least not in quantity, immediately following the baby’s birth. Instead, the mother will produce a clear or yellowish fluid called colostrum. Should you supplement until the “true” milk appears? Certainly not! Colostrum is the perfect food for newborn babies. It contains antibodies and all the nutrition the baby needs. And the more a baby nurses, the faster “true” milk will come in! Mothers who supplement with formula or glucose water will often have trouble getting a sufficient supply of breast milk. More importantly, supplementing during these crucial first days can make the baby reluctant to nurse because getting milk from a bottle takes less effort.

“The baby’s always hungry because you’re not making enough milk.”

There will be days when the baby nurses more often than usual, and it can be exhausting. In most cases, however, this is not caused by insufficient milk and is not detrimental to the baby. It usually means that the baby is having a growth spurt and has a temporary need for more nutrition. The constant nursing helps to build up the supply. In other words, if you’re not making enough milk, keep nursing and you soon will be.

“There’s no way to tell if the baby’s getting enough to eat.”

Breasts, unlike bottles, don’t come with a measuring guide. Nursing mothers will never be able to say “he took eight ounces at his last feeding!” But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to know if he’s getting enough to eat. What comes in must go out. If the baby’s making lots of dirty and wet diapers, he’s getting plenty.

“The baby’s crying and uncomfortable because your milk isn’t good enough.”

All babies cry. Babies get gassy and uncomfortable, and sometimes suffer that dreaded condition called “colic” whether they’re breastfed or formula fed. But unless the mother is suffering from severe malnutrition, there’s no such thing as “bad breastmilk.”

Continue to BreastFeeding Myths part 3


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