Breast Feeding Myths
MYTH: You can’t breastfeed if you have small breasts or flat nipples.
Reality: In no way does outward appearance affect the production of milk or a mother’s ability to dispense it. Breasts and nipples of all shapes and sizes can satisfy a hungry baby. Inverted nipples that don’t become erect when stimulated may need some advance preparation to make them full functional.
MYTH: Breastfeeding is a lot of trouble.
Reality: Never again will it be so easy to feed your child. Breasts, unlike bottles, are ready when baby is. You don’t have to remember to take them with you when you’re planning a day at the beach, lug them in a tote bag, or worry about the milk inside them spoiling in the hot sun.
MYTH: Breastfeeding ties you down.
Reality: It’s true that breastfeeding is naturally better suited to mothers who plan to be with their babies most of the time. But those who are willing to make the effort to express and store milk, or who prefer to supplement with formula, can satisfy their need to work – or see a movie, or go to an all-day seminar – and their desire is to breastfeed. And when it comes to stepping out with baby, it’s the breastfeeding mother who is more mobile, always having an ample supply of food along no matter where she goes or how long she plans to stay.
MYTH: Breastfeeding will ruin your breasts.
Reality: Much to the surprise of many people breastfeeding doesn’t seem to permanently affect the shape or size of your breasts at all. Because of hereditary factors, age, poor support (going braless), or excessive weight gain during pregnancy, your breasts may be less firm after having a child. But breastfeeding won’t be to blame.
MYTH: Breastfeeding excludes the father.
Reality: A father who wants to be involved in the care of his nursing infant can find ample opportunity – for bathing, diapering, holding, rocking, playing with and, once solids are introduced, sending “trains through the tunnel.”?