Childbirth Education - Lactation Services
Breastfeeding Myths and Facts
I do not have enough milk to feed my baby
Nursing is a `Supply and Demand' activity, the more you nurse the more you will produce! This includes pumping the breasts.
My breasts are too small (too large) to feed my baby
The size of a woman's breasts is irrelevant to nursing. However, women with extremely large breasts will need extra help with positioning the baby to a healthy latch-on.
Breastfeeding is painful
Breastfeeding is only painful with incorrect latch-on. Furthermore, it can be very pleasant and lead to a deeper sense of bonding with your newborn.
Breastfeeding is not convenient
The breast are always sterile as the Montgomery Glands protect the nipple, breast milk is always the right temperature and consistence and exactly what your baby will need, whether it be nourishment, hydration or just comfort.
It takes too much time to nurse my baby
Your baby will nurse at the breast at the same rate any other baby will feed at a bottle. Furthermore, bottle fed babies are typically more colicky and needy than those that are breast-fed. If you have a colicky baby, chances are that your baby would be worse if on formula, regardless of the type.
I cannot work and nurse my baby
Many mothers have returned to work and continued their nursing relationship with their newborn, it takes a little finesse, but it is possible and rewarding. There is a catch; Babies do better without any foreign object, i.e. bottles pacifiers and plastic nipples within the first six weeks post-partum.
I have to have a perfect diet to nurse my baby
The breasts are much better at filtering impurities than the placenta was, so indeed you want to do the very best for your baby, but an occasional imperfection will not harm either one of you!
Formula is just as good as nursing
Formula cannot hold even a close second to breast-feeding. With all of its preparation, it is still always the same. Breast milk has been studied in numerous laboratories and every time it is tested is has different components. Components that your baby needs. In hot weather, it will be more hydrating, with a higher water base and electrolyte balance. In cold weather just the opposite is present. In addition, the breast seems to know if your baby is truly hungry and releases the hind milk, rich in nutrients and much more filling. If your baby is just tired or over-stimulated the hind milk simply does not let down. Your baby gets just what the doctor ordered, a calming concoction of hormones specifically designed to put your baby at ease or even to sleep. Ask that of any formula manufacturer!
If I nurse, I will have to nurse at all hours of the night
While breast milk does dissolve within two to four hours of ingestion and it might seem that you are nursing 24/7. Chances are that had you decided to bottle feed you would be up anyway! Then what would you have to comfort and soothe your baby? Not that it is not possible, just that it is much more difficult.
Women around the world for centuries have nursed their babies with great results.
The survival of the species itself has always relied upon this system. It has baffled doctors since they started asking the greatest question ever asked, "What's in this stuff!" Even in Ethiopia, during starvation, mother's had healthy babies and nursed without incident, it was at the time of weaning that they and their offspring became ill and often died! Trust yourself and your body's ability to deliver the very best nature has to offer!
I offer one on one private Lactation Services, in your home, for the best possible nursing relationship between mother and child.