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10 Things New Moms Don’t Know About Breastfeeding

Surprising facts for nursing newbies.

Yes, you'll probably care what a lot of people think. Not everyone, of course, but it’s crucial to have the support of your partner. Research shows that women are less likely to breastfeed if their partners are unsupportive. If your partner opposes the idea, persuade him now for better success.

“Information and reassurance are most effective,” says pediatrician Laura Marks, M.D., co-author of The Complete Book of Breastfeeding. “Some [partners] feel worried about being left out; reassure them that they can play a major role in their babies’ care. Or, if they’re worried about your interest in them, tell them it’s not going to be an obstacle to your sex life.”

You can also remind your partner of the many benefits of breastfeeding. “It decreases asthma and allergies in babies, decreases the breast cancer risk in mom and there’s even an economic benefit because breastfeeding is less expensive than formula-feeding.”

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Author Bio: 

Lisa Fields is a freelance writer in Hillsdale, N.J.

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