Stop believing these breastfeeding myths

Today, new moms have access to comprehensive breastfeeding support services at Riverside Community Hospital and around the country. But it wasn’t always like this. During the early 20 th century, women were discouraged from breastfeeding because it was perceived as a low-class thing to do. Fortunately, society is better informed these days, but there are still quite a few breastfeeding myths floating around.

Myth: Formula is more nutritious
It’s possible that this myth got its start from the fact that babies who are breastfed need to feed more often than those who are bottle fed. This is because breast milk is gentler on little tummies, and it’s easier to digest.

The truth is that breast milk is far more nutritious than formula could ever be. It contains a unique blend of antibodies that boost your baby’s immune system, along with all of the nutrients your baby needs to develop properly.

Myth: It’s easier to bottle feed
It’s true that breastfeeding can be difficult at first. This is why so many women attend breastfeeding classes and seek help from lactation consultants. But once you get accustomed to the routine, breastfeeding is much easier than bottle feeding.

Unlike formula, breast milk doesn’t need to be measured, warmed to the right temperature or served in sterilized bottles. There’s no need to pack bottles, nipples and formula whenever you leave the house. Plus, you won’t have to worry about running out of food for your baby in the middle of the night.

Myth: Small breasts indicate poor milk production
The size of a woman’s breasts does not influence her breast milk production. Your body has an amazing capacity to produce as much milk as your baby needs. Many women even produce more milk than their babies eat, which they may choose to donate to at-need families in their communities.

Family Birthplace at Riverside Community Hospital firmly believes in the importance of giving every baby a healthy start in life, which is why we’re pleased to offer free breastfeeding classes to all new moms in Riverside. Regardless of where you deliver, you’re always welcome at our classes and our Breastfeeding Center. A registered nurse is available to help you at (951) 788-3463.

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