Breastfeeding is often looked at as a complex art for many women. Some want to succeed but do not have the information to do so, and some simply have no desire. The second I still cannot wrap my head around as a parent, but too each their own.
This morning I came across an article on Sheknows.com about myths of breastfeeding, which I found pretty interesting. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite myths that I really think prepared me, and will prepare other women who truly want to succeed at breastfeeding.
If your diet is less than perfect, it is better to use formula.
This is probably a myth I love debunking myself. Because it is something you hear all the time, but could not be more inaccurate. While you could eat a diet full of nothing but Peanut Butter Cups and chips, your breast milk will still be a healthier option than formula for your little one. Although it could cause problems with your production of milk in the long run. All in all, your breast milk is always the healthiest option for your baby unless you are taking medication, or illegal street drugs that may compromise your milk safety.
Breastfed babies don’t get enough food.
Wrong again! Many women think because their breastfed little one is always eating, or always at the breast they are not getting enough when they are there. This is because breast milk is much easier for babies to digest. It is a perfect food for their little stomachs. Formula fed babies sleep longer, and eat less frequent because formula is more difficult for them to digest, taking longer for that process to take place.
Check out the full list on SheKnows for more of the myths, and to learn more!