5 Things to Learn About Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, but it's not always easy.
If you're breastfeeding, you know that there are a lot of opinios out there about how to make it work. Some women have been told that they should pump every three hours or supplement with formula if their baby doesn't seem satisfied after nursing. We all heard so many things about this topic that we do not even know what to believe when we have to do it.
We put together 5 things we constantly hear about this topic!
Breastfeeding is painful
Breastfeeding is an intricate process that takes time to perfect. It might feel a bit painful at first, but this pain will eventually subside as your baby learns the breast gait and you get more comfortable with positioning them correctly.
Breastfeeding makes you lose weight
While it's common knowledge that breastfeeding is a great way to lose weight, it can be somewhat difficult for some mothers because of the extra calories consumed during this time. Many factors play into whether or not you'll slim down while staying on your regular diet.
Breastfeeding can help with weight loss post-pregnancy due to its high-calorie content and metabolism-boosting effects, but remeber that every body is different therefore some bodies might take a little bit longer to reduce those extra pounds.
It's better to stop breastfeeding after six months so the baby doesn't get too used to it
Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby and many moms find difficult to stop. Whether it is longer than a year or just a couple of months, you as a mom are the only one who know for how long you would like to do it.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), if you're going back to work or just want to stop breastfeeding after six months, then consider weaning off breastfeeding altogether so that baby doesn't get too used to breastmilk as their main source of sustenance.
A woman needs to eat special foods while she is pregnant in order to produce enough breastmilk for her child
Eating a well-balanced diet during pregnancy and postpartum is helpful to produce enough breastmilk for babies.
Most women know that they need to eat healthy foods in order to stay energized, but many don't realize the importance of this directive when nearing their due date. Eating nutrient-dense and wholesome food can help promote milk production after birth, providing your baby with all the nutrients it needs until you're able or ready to start breastfeeding again.
Formula is just as good as breastmilk because it has all the same nutrients
I wanted to add this last point as I feel that most of the time that we hear someone is giving their baby formula instead of breastfeeding we start judging them and thinking that the baby is just not getting enough nutrients.
Even though we all know that breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, the reality is that not all mothers can do it and for them, it is great that nowadays formula is full of nutrients.
A recent study on breastfeeding versus baby-formula feeding suggests a surprising result: they both have equal amounts of nutrition! Researchers at Stanford University compared 168 samples from mothers' milk to prepackaged, ready-to-serve infant formulas (in liquid or powder form). They then analyzed these products for fat content. The findings? Baby food contains just as many calories, proteins, vitamins A & C as mother's milk does--and in some cases with higher levels! So whether you feed your child prepared foods or nurse them themselves...you're giving them more than enough healthy energy without needing extra work from yourself.
Breastfeeding is an experience that can be completely differente from mom to mom so at the end of the day, the best advice is to - listen to your body, have a good support system and take care of yourself so that you can be the best mom possible!
These are some of the most common things we hear! Which of these have you heard? What do you think is true or false based on your own experience? We want to know in order to help other mommas make an informed decision before they start nursing their new baby. Share with us by commenting below!
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