There are a lot of myths about breastfeeding that make Mommy afraid of giving breastfeeding to the baby. In fact, breast milk is the only source that can maximize the growth and development of the baby.
Why can that myth develop? The reasons and the real purposes of the circulating myths remained unknown because myth is just a story that is often passed from generation to generation. There are some good myths and can be useful for the development of the baby, but there are also a few bad myths.
Mommy should be wiser in in responding to the myths regarding breastfeeding. Try to differentiate the good myths from the bad ones which may inhibit the growth and development of the baby.
Affecting Physical Form
There are a lot of bad myths regarding Mommy’s physical condition during breastfeeding period. One myth tells us that breastfeeding will make the breasts become sagging. This myth is absolutely not true because sagging breasts are due to age factor, not breastfeeding.
The breastfeeding myths that can make sagging breasts are already widely spread, and perhaps until now there are many women believe in this myth, so they do not breastfeed their babies. Meanwhile, Mommy can do some tips on how to keep the flexibility of the breasts during breastfeeding.
Another bad myth about breastfeeding is a small breast will not produce a lot of milk. This myth is not true because the size of the breast is only determined by fat, while the amount of breast milk is determined by the mammary gland. Having small breasts is not a reason not to give breastfeeding to the baby.
The bad myths about the effects of breast-fed infants are also widely spread and may inhibit the growth and development of the baby. One myth is that if the baby is sick, mommy should provide breastfeeding.
This statement is very misleading, because when the baby is sick, actually Mommy must give breast milk more frequently to the sick baby because breast milk contains antibodies that can help fight diseases that exist within the body of the baby.
So, Mommy should seek more references from reliable sources than just believe in a myth which is not proven. Health professionals such as doctors and lactation specialists are some reliable sources to ask things about breastfeeding.