7 Myths about Breastfeeding
Myth 1: Breastfeeding is painful...
Myth 1: Breastfeeding is painful
Fact: While there can be discomfort while your body’s adjusting, the discomfort will go away before long. In the meantime, there are remedies available so there is no need to suffer! In the early weeks, swelling and engorgement can be a challenge as your milk comes in. In addition, nipples can become sensitive, cracked or sore. Lansinoh® HPA® Lanolin can help to soothe and protect and Soothies® by Lansinoh® Gel Pads can provide cooling, healing relief upon contact.
Myth 2: Expressed breastmilk can soothe and heal sore nipples
Fact: According to research, Lansinoh® HPA® Lanolin, combined with breastfeeding education, is more effective than expressed breastmilk in reducing nipple pain and promoting healthy skin.
Myth 3: Switching back and forth between breast and bottle is easy
Fact: Switching your baby between a bottle and breast may cause nipple preference or confusion, especially early on. It’s not a good idea to introduce artificial nipples before baby has had time to learn natural sucking motions. It’s important to nurse baby on demand and at the breast for the first 4-6 weeks so baby can teach your body how much milk to make.
What is the risk to introducing a bottle earlier than 4-6 weeks? Your baby could quickly learn to prefer bottle feeding to breastfeeding because she has not had enough time to learn the correct mouth movements and won’t have the patience to understand that milk is not supposed to just flow instantly. Breastfeeding can be hard work for baby, but it’s important work, and it’s best to let her learn to do it the right way, rather than offering shortcuts!
If you do have to introduce a bottle early, choose one that is designed specifically for breastfed babies. Look for a bottle that enables baby to use the same sucking motions he or she uses at the breast, and will help encourage baby to keep breastfeeding when you are together.
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