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Breastfeeding Myths

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Breastfeeding Hurts!

FALSE Some MILD tenderness in the first few days is fairly common. But, if it lasts or is intense, get help as this is not normal.  It should never be so bad that the mother dreads breastfeeding. Any nipple pain that is not getting better by day three or four or lasts beyond five or six days should not be ignored. Limiting feeding time does not help. Nursing a baby shouldn’t hurt or be something you’re “suffering through.” Don’t wait for it to get better. Ask for help to make it right.

There is no (not enough) milk during the first three or four days after birth.

FALSE It can seem like that because the baby is not latched on properly, which means he/she is unable to get all the milk that is there. When there is not a lot of milk (as there is not, normally, in the first few days), the baby must be well latched on in order to get the milk it’s meant to. A good latch in the beginning helps to avoid problems later on.

Many women do not produce enough milk.

FALSE The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. In fact, overabundant of milk is common. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not because the mother does not have enough milk, but because the baby does not get the milk that the mother has. The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is poorly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown, on the first day, how to latch a baby on properly, by a skilled lactation professional, such as an IBCLC.

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