Breastfeeding is nature’s way of nourishing infants, but breastfeeding continues to be steeped in half-truths and myths around the world. This misinformation that has somehow made it into common culture ends up putting up barriers to breastfeeding for many new mothers.
World Breastfeeding Week continues until August 7, with a goal to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding for a healthy child and a healthy community. Breastfeeding is an economical and ecologically-friendly way of giving your baby a head start. Those are facts, but here are seven mistruths about breastfeeding…
1. Most Women Don’t Produce Enough Milk
This is a mistruth according to the International Breastfeeding Center, and the size of the breasts can sometimes be associated with capacity for milk. The truth is most women produce enough supply for an infant, and in many cases there’s actually an overabundance of milk, according to the source.
This myth is perpetuated due the fact that an infant may not be gaining weight as quickly as expected, but it’s important to keep in mind this is not a supply issue–it’s a technique issue, according to the center. If junior is falling behind in development, consult a health professional to assist with proper latching.