August is a very special month as it marks National Breastfeeding Month – a time dedicated to promoting the many benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers.
Let’s set the record straight! Here are three common breastfeeding myths debunked for you:
Myth #1: “Breastfeeding is easy from the start.”
Reality: Breastfeeding might be natural, but it’s a skill that both you and your baby need to learn together. Patience, practice, and seeking support can make a world of difference.
Myth #2: “Small breasts can’t produce enough milk.”
Reality: Breast size doesn’t determine milk production. The amount of milk produced depends on demand and supply. With the right latch and nursing frequency, moms of all breast sizes can produce sufficient milk for their little ones.
Myth #3: “Breastfeeding always hurts.”
Reality: While some moms may experience temporary discomfort during initial latch-on or if there’s an issue like improper positioning, breastfeeding is not meant to be painful. In fact, breastfeeding should be a comfortable and pleasant experience for both mom and baby. Seeking guidance from a lactation consultant or healthcare professional can help address any concerns and ensure a smoother breastfeeding journey.
Knowledge is power, and we hope this clears up some common misconceptions about breastfeeding. Remember, every breastfeeding journey is different, and we’re here to support you every step of the way!
If you have any additional questions about your feeding journey with your baby, please reach out to one of our providers here at Fairhope Pediatrics.