You've Heard the Myths About Breastfeeding. Here's the Truth. | Fit Pregnancy

You've Heard the Myths About Breastfeeding. Here's the Truth.

Some of the breastfeeding "advice" you'll get may be helpful, but chances are much of it won't be.

Myth #11: Your boobs will forever look like tube socks.
Some women may notice a change in the shape of their breasts after breastfeeding, but pregnancy, not just nursing, is the culprit, according to Pamela Berens, M.D., a board-certified lactation consultant and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “The breast often doubles in weight during pregnancy, whether or not you breastfeed,” she explains. “Any increase puts extra stress on the ligaments that support the breasts, and more stress equals extra sagging.” Your age, BMI and prepregnancy bra size all affect how likely your boobs are to droop.

Myth #12: It'll make your baby clingy and dependent.
“Actually, the opposite is true,” says Bettina Forbes, a certified lactation counselor and cofounder of the Best for Babes Foundation, an organization dedicated to changing cultural taboos that surround nursing. “Studies have shown that babies who benefit from the attachment of breastfeeding tend to be more independent later in life.”

Myth #13: You'll get less sleep than if you use formula.
Nope! A West Virginia University study found no difference in the amount or quality of shut-eye among women who breastfed exclusively, formula-fed or relied on a combination.


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