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Breastfeeding Facts And Fiction For Newbies!

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What you should know - Breastfeeding Facts and Fiction!

Are you a newbie or planning on breastfeeding in the near future? If your answer is yes to any one of these questions then you are in the right place! After much feedback, queries and concerns on our social media this week we have decided to create a blog to dispel some myths with a view to alleviating some fears that a lot of first time breastfeeding moms-to-be may have! We also thought it important to state some facts as it isn’t all easy and plain sailing!

With the help of our experienced staff and the support words from www.news.health.com we hope you will find the following useful and know the difference between facts AND fiction!

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1) New moms don’t make enough milk – MYTH.

 

It’s true that women don’t produce milk for three to five days after giving birth, but they do make a thick, concentrated liquid called colostrum — and for the first few days, that’s all a new-born needs.

 

2) It helps you shed baby weight – FACT.

 

Moms who breastfeed burn about 300 to 500 extra calories a day compared to those who feed their babies formula, and research shows that they do tend to slim down faster.

 

3) It’s normal to have difficulties – FACT.

 

While most women should be able to breastfeed their new-borns, it’s not always easy: In a 2013 survey published in Paediatrics, 92% of new moms had at least one concern on their third day of breastfeeding—such as the baby not latching properly, low milk supply, or breast pain.

 

4) Alcohol helps with milk let down – MYTH.

 

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, booze is not a galactagogue, which is a substance that promotes milk production. (Studies have shown that drinking beer can boost hormones associated with breast milk creation, but it’s actually the barley and hops that are responsible).

 

5) It’s supposed to be painful – MYTH.

 

“A lot of moms expect breastfeeding to hurt, and it is true that mom’s nipples may feel tender for the first couple of weeks,” says Mason. “But if the baby’s latching properly, there shouldn’t be real pain or soreness.” That’s why it’s so important to talk to a lactation consultant at the hospital (and perhaps after you go home).

 

6) It’s important to stay hydrated – FACT.

 

Not drinking enough water can certainly affect how much milk you’re making, says Mason, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated (among other reasons).

We hope you found the few facts and fiction interesting and hopefully it has swayed your decisions to take the plunge and breastfeed when the time comes. As well as the facts and fiction the main consideration we stress is the personal bond it creates between mother and baby. For all the benefits (and difficulties!), the bond is something we believe can’t be faked or replaced. Also, the healthy benefits are mind blowing and priceless!

If you have any queries on the above or want some extra support, please contact us through our Facebook or twitter accounts and we’d be happy to assist!

 

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18/11/2016.

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