Monday, 1 August 2016

Myths and Facts About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an important physiological phase for mothers. It is useful not only for your baby but also for your health. Breastfeeding helps build a strong emotional attachment between a mother and her baby. Breast milk helps protect the baby from infectious conditions and diseases.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of health issues in babies, such as infections, diarrhoea, vomiting, leukaemia, obesity, cardiac issues and diabetes. In mother, breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis, cardiac illness and obesity.     

It’s world breastfeeding week and let’s check out few of the common myths and facts associated with breastfeeding.

Myth – It’s not popular in the UK.
Fact – In the UK, approximately 73% of women breastfeed and 17% of babies are breastfed at three months.

Myth – Breastfeeding can make my breasts look sag.
Fact – Factually, breastfeeding doesn’t make your breast look droop, but certain hormones related to pregnancy can. So wear a perfect-fitting bra during pregnancy.

Myth – Breast milk and formulated milk are same.
Fact – Formulated milk is prepared from cow’s milk, which may contain bacteria. Moreover, it will not protect your baby from diseases or infections.

Myth – Not all women produce enough breast milk.
Fact – Almost all women are able to breastfeed. It is important for mother to recognise the need of her baby and feed frequently.

Myth – Breastfeeding is painful.
Fact – Usually, it shouldn’t hurt, it is just a normal way to feed your baby. Pain or discomfort is experienced if your baby isn’t attached or positioned appropriately. You should ask your healthcare advisor or midwife for proper guidance.

Myth – I can’t indulge in sexual activity if I breastfeed.
Facts – You can indulge in sexual activity with your partner if you are lactating. You may notice milk leakage during sexual activity. You can try breastfeeding beforehand or wear a brassiere with breast pads (Robinson Healthcare 40 Breast Pads). At the same time, you may feel dryness in vaginal area; using a lubricant helps.