Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monthly MythBuster #1

Paying homage to one of my hubby's favorite shows, The Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," I've decided to introduce a new recurring post to my blog - the Monthly MythBuster, where I debunk the most common misconceptions about breastfeeding.  It'll be an evidence-based explanation mixed with some of my common sense and often humor-filled reasoning that I hope my readers will be encouraged to share with others.  Because, as we know, myths are usually spread by word of mouth and we can help bust them just the same.

Monthly MythBuster #1: Many Moms Can't Make Enough Milk for Their Baby


In fact, the percentage of women world-wide who are not able to produce enough milk for their baby is LESS THAN 1%. 

Yet, a majority of moms stop breastfeeding because they THINK they don't have enough milk.  As a mom, it seems like our "Mom" job description says we must worry about everything, and sometimes that worry is justified: Maybe baby is losing too much weight or gaining weight slowly.  If so, we should look for the reason why.  A common reason may be that baby is not getting a deep enough latch which makes it difficult for baby to transfer mom's milk.  Learning how to tell if your baby is latched properly; the sounds and signs that baby is actually drinking milk while at the breast; how baby's output (poops and pees) can tell you about how much they are taking in; and proper follow-up with your baby's healthcare provider, may help ease the worry.

As Dr. Sears says: "Breastfeeding is a confidence game, and nothing undermines a mother's confidence like being afraid her baby isn't getting enough milk."

To my readers: Please leave a comment with your suggestions for future Monthly MythBusters!

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